Sam Hall Kaplan's March 2 column on Charles Moore's lecture at UCLA was a remarkable catalogue of misinformation.
It begins by getting the name of the school wrong; the lecture was at the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning. It refers to Charles Moore as "late of UCLA." This will surprise many of his students and colleagues; Charles Moore continues to hold the position of adjunct professor at UCLA, and will teach two important courses here in spring.
It tendentiously asserts that Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier never attended architecture school. Paths of entry into the professions were very different 80 or 100 years ago (particularly for students from less privileged backgrounds). There were far fewer opportunities to obtain formal professional education than exist today, but these three, as young men, certainly took such opportunities where they could find them.
Wright studied at the University of Wisconsin, Mies at a local trade school, and Le Corbusier at the Art School in La Chaux-de-Fonds.