Louis Henry Sullivan, an American architect is considered by many as the creator of the modern skyscraper. He was an influential architect and critic of the Chicago School, a mentor to Frank Lloyd Wright, and an inspiration to the Chicago group of architects who have come to be known as the Prairie School. In 1944, he was the second architect to posthumously receive the AIA Gold Medal.

A passage from the 1896 essay titled "The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered" by Louis Sullivan.

Whether it be the sweeping eagle in his flight, or the open apple-blossom, the toiling workhorse, the blithe swan, the branching oak, the winding stream at its base, the drifting clouds, over all the coursing sun, form ever follows function, and this is the law. Where function does not change form does not change. The granite rocks, the ever-brooding hills, remain for ages;the lightning lives, comes into shape, and dies in a twinkling.

Sullivan's architectural interest was clearly focused on architecting the tall building. And while he never suggested his belief that "form follows function" was universal, it's arguably difficult to deny its scope extends far beyond tall buildings when it involves design.

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