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Bob Swanson is an architect, who, over the years developed a passion for photography. In his book, “Inside/Outside Museums”, he features modern art museums designed by significant architects along with masterworks by prominent modern artists. Museums are of particular interest because they usually represent the highest level of architectural achievement. Thirty-six of the buildings were designed by Pritzker Prize winners, the equivalent of a Pulitzer.
A native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Bob is a graduate of Cranbrook School. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Michigan and his Masters’ at M.I.T. Professionally, he was associated with the firms of Saarinen Swanson & Saarinen, and Swanson Associates, both of Bloomfield Hills and Swanson Meads in Birmingham, Michigan. His notable projects include the University of Michigan College of Art & Architecture, Oakland University’s Kresge library and the de Salle Auditorium at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Photography has been a long term avocation and consuming interest, focusing primarily on architectural subjects. Swanson attended courses in Photoshop and the mechanics of digital photography. To broaden his photographic horizon, he has participated in workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in California’s wine country. He has received numerous awards in both architecture and photography.
Bob and his wife Jan, live in Bingham Farms and have a home in Harbor Springs.
Tickets are $5 per lecture. The lecture series is supported in part by the Charlevoix Public Library and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation.