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Famous Valley architect losing home

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Kamal Amin Kamal Amin
FOUNTAIN HILLS, AZ (CBS5) -

Kamal Amin is a world renowned architect who designed his own one-of-a-kind Fountain Hills home 30 years ago, with inspiration from his friend and mentor, Frank Lloyd Wright.

"Everything I know about architecture I learned from him," said Amin.
 
Amin, 83, moved to the United States from Egypt when he was 23 years old with one purpose - to meet Frank Lloyd Wright. And that's just what he did, moving into Wright's winter home and school in North Scottsdale.
 
"My life is blessed to have met him," said Amin.
 
Amin spent eight years as a student of one of the world's greatest architects, but when Wright passed away in 1959, the Egyptian immigrant went on to greatness of his own, designing homes and buildings around the Valley and across the country.
 
He met with U.S. presidents and other dignitaries, but now, Amin has begun a less glamorous chapter of his life.
 
Like many Valley homeowners hit by the housing crisis, Amin had some financial issues and fell behind on his mortgage payments.
 
He's now selling many of his possessions and preparing to short sell his historic home.
 
Amin told CBS 5 News that he's not worried about moving.
           
"When I went to work with Frank Lloyd Wright, I lived in a tent," said Amin. "For 14 years I lived in a tent."
 
Amin said he's not sad about leaving his treasured home behind, but simply glad someone else will get to enjoy what he created.
 
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