Like the terms organic and regionalism, simplicity is a popular term in architectural discourse that is hard to define. In a recent lecture by Kevin Nute at the University of Queensland he briefly mentioned Frank Lloyd Wrights use of the term ‘organic’ to describe his architecture. He argued that Wright used the term so frequently and broadly that it’s meaning was expanded so much so, that it became impossible to define the term succinctly. This is also true for the term simplicity and its expanded meaning in architectural discourse.
In light of the ill-defined nature of simplicity in architecture, the boundaries of this thesis are well defined. The thesis presents a possible interpretation of the simplicity of modern architecture. That is, simplicity defined from the bases of modern European and American architecture. The primary interests are the philosophies that create simplicity in architecture and the subsequent built manifestations. Whilst the thesis presents an understanding of what may be referred to as the simplicity of modern architecture, it also points to a possible contemporary understanding of simplicity in architectural discourse.