Gustad Irani, originally from India, began his apprenticeship at Taliesin in 1993. Over the years, he worked on many un-built Wright designed projects such as the Monona Terrace Civic Center in Wisconsin, Nakoma Clubhouse in California and the 125 feet Spire located at the Promenade in Scottsdale. The experience has had with Taliesin has greatly influenced his philosophy of architecture and the principles he uses today in environmentally responsible design. He is most committed to implementing the clean, simple and elegant design of Wright’s work without compromising the lifestyle of today’s modern homeowner. In 2003 Taliesin Architects became a service entity from a business entity. Gustad Irani and Yumi Doi formed Organic Design Workshop to continue providing the best service to their Clients.



Every plant has a certain root structure which anchors it to the ground, gets moisture and nourishment from the soil. The stems bear leaves that get sunlight and carbon dioxide. Every plants design is based on a principle which is in harmony with a particular environment, adapted to a specific climate and soil condition. Organic Architecture is based on these principles seen in Nature. Principles are inherent and represent the fundamental truths that spring from the essential nature of a thing.



Yumi Doi came to Taliesin West in 1994 after spending 15 years working in Japan as a licensed architect. While in Tokyo, Doi worked for a firm that specialized in traditional Japanese architecture. Her interest in learning more about Wright brought her to live at Taliesin West because, like her, Wright was fascinated with traditional Japanese art and architecture. She believes the delicate art of architecture includes the balance of design, budget, and the ultimate vision of the homeowner and successful management of these elements ensures that all of these elements are in harmony and uncompromised. In 2003 Taliesin Architects became a service entity from a business entity. Gustad Irani and Yumi Doi formed Organic Design Workshop to continue providing the best service to their Clients.



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Dr. John Wyatt holds a PhD in comparative languages and literature from the University of California, Berkeley. He served as professor of classics and comparative literature at Beloit College (WI) from 1971 to 1996 and visiting professor at the University of Chicago from 1979 to 1996. He was the Founder and Director of the Intensive Greek and Latin Programs (Institute for Classical and Medieval Thought and Languages), University of Chicago, (1979-1997). He was also the Founder and Director, Center for Language Studies, (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, ESL), Beloit College. (1982-85).

From 1982-1991 he was the Translator, Associate Artistic Director at the American Players Theater in Spring Green, Wisconsin, during which time he translated and directed the production texts of various plays including Chekhov's Seagull, Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Plautus' Comedy of Asses, Ibsen's Enemy of the People and Goldoni's A Servant of Two Masters (Honolulu).

He was the Educational Curriculum Designer for North America Montessori Teachers Association in Cleveland, and an associate in Organic Design Workshop. John passed away on June 26th 2008.



John Rattenbury studied architecture at the University of British Columbia and Oregon State College. In 1950 he became a member of the Taliesin Fellowship, and, over a span of nine years, worked on sixty of Wright’s projects, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Gammage Auditorium, and the Marin County Civic Center. Following Wright’s death in 1959, he helped to establish Taliesin Architects, where he continued to serve as a Principal Architect and Planner, till 2003. He has designed over 250 projects around the globe.



Piyakarn Chayangkoon graduated from Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok in 2000 with a degree in architecture. Upon graduation and until 2004 she worked in the field of construction management as a cost control consultant, her duties included project budgeting and cost estimating. 2005 - 2006 she worked with an architectural design firm that designed many residential and commercial projects, one of the high points of her involvement was the development of the construction drawings for the athlete's village that was constructed for the Asian games held in Doha, Qatar 2006. 2006 to present, she works with ODW on many projects, both residential and commercial. Broadening her experience she is currently involved in furniture design and 3D computer presentation. She is deeply interested in all aspects of design, film production, photography and the fine arts.



Gustad and Yumi are designing projects in India, Japan and Thailand.

Yumi has 15 years of experience working as a licensed Architect and Interior Designer, prior to coming to Taliesin. She has worked on various traditional Japanese homes and is also a licensed Japanese tea ceremony teacher. ODW has designed office furniture for Kokuyo and a spec home for Usonian 21.

A contemporary home influenced by Thai traditional style has been designed and is under construction in Bangkok.

India’s growing economy has created a great demand for new construction with fresh ideas. The first condominium project of Organic Designs LLC was launched in December 2007 and was very well received by prospective buyers. Organic Designs LLC uses environmentally sensitive solutions which respects Indian tradition and are influenced by the organic principals of Frank Lloyd Wright, to create created projects which are unique in design quality, offering a one of a kind spatial experience for the buyer.

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