Lescaze, William (lĕskäzˈ) [key], 1896–1969, American architect, born and trained in Switzerland. Emigrating to the United States in 1920, Lescaze became influential in introducing the new European architecture to America. His works emphasized prismatic simplicity, as in his plan for the Philadelphia Saving Fund Society Building (with George Howe, 1930–32) and the CBS studios in Hollywood (1938). His writings include On Being an Architect (1942).
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