Most bright new comets in the architectural sky soon settle into orbit around such suns as the late Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago's Mies van der Rohe or France's Le Corbusier. It is a rare one that grows to be a force in his own right. For architectural stargazers, the most exciting new arrival is crew-cut Paul Rudolph, 41, who two years ago was appointed chairman of Yale's department of architecture, and is already beginning to collect a few satellites of his own.

A prizewinner from the age of 22, Rudolph has already collected such awards as São Paulo's Outstanding Young Architects Award...

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