The photograph below appears in this month's Vanity Fair , and marks the impending 95th birthday of the godfather of American architecture, Philip Johnson. Pictured in New York at the Four Seasons restaurant, the fan club - sorry friends and proteges - is a veritable who's who, with the rather notable exception of my Lords Foster and Rogers. In fact there are no Brits, unless you count Zaha Hadid as an honorary one. One concludes that PJ is not a fan of hi-tech, though he feels at home with other design extremes, hence the presence of Rem Koolhaas, Hans Hollein and Frank Gehry. A short text in Vanity Fair by Robert Stern praises Johnson as a 'perfect barometer for trends that are in the making'.
You wonder why Johnson has never been awarded the Gold medal; younger readers should know that it was because of his flirtation with the politics of prewar Germany. For the record, the Johnsonians are Peter Eisenman, Jaquelin Robertson, Michael Graves (out of shot), Arata Isozaki, Phyllis Lambert, Richard Meier, Zaha Hadid, Robert Stern, Hans Hollein, Stanley Tigerman, Henry Cobb, Kevin Roche, Charles Gwathmey, Terence Riley, David Childs, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.