The integration of life and work
The architectural master plan conceived by Eliel Saarinen envisioned an Academy where the Artists-in-Residence, their families, and the students would live and work in close proximity. This structure is unique to Cranbrook. Life and work shift seamlessly into one another; dinners with visiting artists become epicenters of critical discussion, critiques extend the studio into the surrounding woods, early morning walks with colleagues become brainstorming sessions. The intimacy of the residential campus cannot be overstated. The dormitories, late-nights in the studios, the homes of each Artist-in-Residence, parties in Cranbrook Art Museum surrounded by fountains and gardens, and hiking trails around Kingswood Lake all create the fabric of a full-time Academy where the physical community matches the intellectual one.