Glen Howard Small, AIA
The subject of My Father, The Genius has been a passionate member of the West Coast architectural community for over 30 years both as an architect and influential educator. Although many of his ideas remain in the design phase, Small is has recently finished three extensive projects in Managua, Nicaragua, where his work has been well received. Visit his website at
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As a young man, his early promise while in the University of Oregon's undergraduate architecture program was immediately recognized. Upon graduation, Small received the prestigious Eliel Sarrinen Scholarship for graduate study at The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

While at Cranbrook and after receiving his Masters, he worked within a variety of notable and influential architectural firms: John Lautner, Los Angeles; Smith & Williams, Pasadena; Anshen & Allen, San Francisco; and Charles Blessing with Detroit City Planning.

On the West Coast, Small began his years as an educator, starting as an Assistant Professor at California State Polytechnic University in 1969. After leaving Cal Poly in 1972, he and a group of fellow architects founded The Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he taught as a professor from 1972-1990, inspiring countless numbers of architectural students to meaningfully question their role within the field. While at SCI-Arc, many of his most impassioned projects took shape, including: The Biomorphic Biosphere Megastructure(BBM), the Green Machine and Turf Town.

Architect Glen Howard Small has recently completed three major national projects in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua , where he has been living for the past three years. The Concha Acustica, designed in the likeness of an exploding onion, serves as the centerpiece of the Nicaraguan national cultural plaza, adjacent to the Pope’s Monument. The Journalist Rotunda, a national monument to the journalists of the Sandinistan Revolution, is formed out of half moons reaching skyward and now functions as a major point of origin for political and social protest. The Colon Rotunda, a fountain constructed of singular planes twisting upward, of provides a cool fountain respite in the city’s center. The projects were designed with the concepts of universal beauty and sensuality in mind.

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