Fall 2007 Newsletter
We are pleased to announce an upcoming symposium co-hosted by the History Department, the Center for Russian, East-European and Eurasian Studies, Germanic Studies, the Czech Chair, the Center for European Studies, and the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin:
Exhibiting the Nation:
World's Fairs, International Exhibitions,
and the Place of Southeastern
and East Central Europe
Friday and Saturday, 26 – 27 October, 2007.
For more information, visit soa.utexas.edu/archhistory/exhibiting/
FALL 2007 NEWSLETTER
- Faculty News
- Graduate Student News
- New Students
- News from Former Students
- News from the Alexander Architectural Archive
Anthony Alofsin, Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor, has won the Vasari Award for his new book, When Buildings Speak: Architecture as Language in the Habsburg Empire, 1867-1933 (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2006). Presented by the Dallas Museum of Art, the prestigious award recognizes the best work in art history by a scholar working in Texas. Dr. Alofsin previously won the award in 1989. During 2006-07 he published review essays in the Burlington Magazine and The New Criterion. He has also prepared editorial essays for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Times Literary Supplement. Professor Alofsin selected Lauren Hamer, a graduate student in art history, as recipient of a Graduate Intern Research Fellowship, and they worked together on research on taste, value, and identity in the production of high-end homes. In fall, 2006, Dr. Alofsin was a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony and a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. The book he edited last year, I.M. Pei’s East Building in Perspective, is in press and will be published by the National Gallery of Art in 2008. During 2006-07, Professor Alofsin gave public lectures at the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, the Dallas Architecture Foundation, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Mirka Beneš will be on sabbatical during 2007-2008, during which time she will focus on completion of a book manuscript, “Transposed Landscapes in the Social Geography of the Roman Territory: Society and Culture in the Design of the Villa Pamphilj and the New Villa Parks of Baroque Rome.” She will also present several lectures this year. In mid-October 2007, she will participate in the Dumbarton Oaks Colloquium on “Recent Issues in Italian Garden Studies: Sources, Methods, and Theoretical Perspectives,” at Dumbarton Oaks Center for Landscape Studies in Washington, D.C. In November, she will lecture on “Intersections between Landscape Painting and Garden Design in Seventeenth-Century Rome: New Perspectives on the Culture of Landscape Arts before the Picturesque,” at Emory University, Atlanta, Museum of Art and Art History Department. Next April, 2008, Professor Beneš is co-chairing, with Cammy Brothers of the University of Virginia, a session at the annual meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Cincinnati, Ohio: “East, West, North, South: A Broader Geography for the Culture of Gardens, 800-1700 AD,” which will examine the cross-fertilization of ideas and imaginations, garden forms and plants, through trade and travels in the globalizing medieval and early modern worlds. This SAH Session is part of a broader research project Professor Beneš is undertaking to examine the connections between gardens in Italy, Spain, France, Turkey, Syria, North Africa and other dominions of the Arab and the Ottoman empires.
Richard Cleary held a Faculty Research Assignment for the Fall 2006 semester to continue his research on Frank Lloyd Wright and building technology. In September, he presented a paper on that topic at the annual meeting of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. An invitation from the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa to speak at a conference in Lisbon in November allowed him to revisit his work on the history of French places royales.
Professor Cleary returned to regular teaching duties for the Spring 2007 semester and enjoyed the near simultaneous publication of Bridges, a volume of the Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks on Architecture, Design and Engineering, and an article in the March issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians titled “Texas Gothic, French Accent: The Architecture of the Roman Catholic Church in Antebellum Texas.” He will continue these studies in the coming academic year alongside his courses and service as Graduate Advisor for Architecture.
This fall Michael Holleran will begin directing a preservation plan for the Forty Acres, the historic core of the University of Texas campus. The Getty Foundation awarded UT $175,000 for the project, in the last and most competitive phase of the foundation’s Campus Heritage Initiative. Over the six years of the program, UT is the only Texas campus to win a Campus Heritage grant. The two-year project will be a joint effort of the UT School of Architecture and the university’s Campus and Employee Services. UT’s in-house expertise and our Architectural Conservation Laboratory allow much of the preservation plan to be completed by our faculty, staff, and students. The project will serve as a practicum for graduate students, providing material for several courses in the preservation curriculum, including National Register documentation, architectural conservation field methods, and cultural landscape preservation. It is important for preservation students to work on real projects, and our students will be working on one of the most significant projects in the country. The Preservation Plan will include three components:
- a cultural resource survey, to determine eligibility of the campus to the National Register of Historic Places;
- a cultural landscape inventory, which will include a management plan for the historic landscape;
- an architectural conservation plan, based on a comprehensive survey of exterior building conditions as well as an in-depth investigation for a representative set of buildings.
Christopher Long’s new book, Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design (New Haven and London: Yale University Press), was published in April. Professor Long was on leave in the spring to work on his new book on Adolf Loos’s Haus am Michaelerplatz, designed and built between 1909 and 1911. He completed the research for the book and has begun writing the text. Among Professor Long’s recent publications are “The Viennese Secessionsstil and Modern American Design,” in Studies in the Decorative Arts 14 (Spring-Summer 2007): 6-44; “Paul T. Frankl: Pioneer of Modern American Design,” in Modernism 10 (Summer 2007): 74-83; “The Wiener Werkstätte at 100,” review essay, in Studies in the Decorative Arts 14 (Spring-Summer 2007): 166-70; a review of In Wien erbaut: Lexikon Wiener Architekten des 20. Jahrhunderts, by Helmut Weihsmann, in Centropa 7, no. 2 (May 2007): 204; and a review of Ernst Plischke: Modern Architecture for the New World—The Complete Works, by August Sarnitz and Eva B. Ottillinger, in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 66, no. 2 (June 2007): 263-65.
Professor Long recently completed a number of new pieces for publication, including a review of Oskar Strnad—1879-1935, edited by Iris Meder and Evi Fuks, and Moderat Modern: Erich Boltenstern und die Baukultur nach 1945, edited by Judith Eiblmayr and Iris Meder, forthcoming in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians; “Architecture: The Built Object,” forthcoming in Sarah Barber and Corrina Peniston-Bird, eds., History Beyond the Text: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources (London: Routledge); a review of James Marston Fitch: Selected Writings on Architecture, Preservation, and the Built Environment, edited by Martica Sawin, and Architekturgeschichte und kulturelles Erbe—Aspekte des Baudenkmalpflege in Ostmitteleuropa, edited by Beate Störtkuhl, forthcoming in FutureAnterior: Journal of Historic Preservation, History, Theory and Criticism, GSAPP, Columbia University; a review of SvM: Die Festschrift für Stanislaus von Moos, edited by Karin Gimmi, Christof Kübler, Bruno Maurer, Robin Rehm, Klaus Spechtenhauser, Martino Stierli, and Stefanie Wenzler, in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians; a review of Josef Hoffmann Interiors, 1902-1913, edited by Christian Witt-Dörring, forthcoming in Centropa; and a review of Art, Design and Architecture in Central Europe, 1890-1920, by Elizabeth Clegg, forthcoming in Studies in the Decorative Arts.
Professor Long continues to serve as a consultant on decorative arts for a number of private collectors and auction houses, including Richard Wright in Chicago, and Sotheby's in New York. He and his wife Gia spent the late summer in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, soaking in the cool air and doing research on the German-American designer Kem Weber, the subject of his next book.
Francesco Passanti, who joined us last year as a Research Fellow with the Architectural History program, is preparing a book on Le Corbusier during the years 1907-1925, which straddle the first World War. Born in Torino, Italy, Passanti studied mechanical engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (M.S. 1963) and history of architecture at Columbia University in New York (M.Phil. 1978). He taught history of architecture from 1987 to 1994 in the program of History, Theory, and Criticism within the architecture school of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has also taught at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Passanti's work on Le Corbusier deals with two decades of his development, between the time when he left decorative arts school, in 1907, and the time when he had emerged as a leading modernist architect, in the mid-1920s. Specifically, it focuses on the process by which Le Corbusier constructed his own concept of architecture during those two decades, layering personal insights and borrowed discourses from a vast range of disciplines, in a long open-ended process. What were the components that went into the concept? What evolving criteria governed the selection? How did this additive process result in a synthetic whole that could act as a new paradigm of architecture? And what contradictions did this process embed into the modernist concept of architecture, thus undermining its synthetic power in the long term? These are some of the questions that the new book will pursue.
This spring, Danilo Udovički-Selb accepted the position of permanent critic and correspondent of the Giornale dell' Architettura for the United States. The monthly, founded by Director Carlo Olmo in 2002, is published in Turin, Italy. His first essay, dealing with Tadao Ando’s Museum in Fort Worth, appeared in the journal’s inaugural issue on December 14, 2002, the day the museum opened. In the September, May and June issues of this year, Professor Udovički had articles on Daniel Libeskind’s Denver Art Museum, Kevin Roche’s latest addition to the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and the new Museum of Art in Seattle by Brad Cloepfil, principal of Allied Works Architects. Professor Udovički-Selb is currently writing a critical essay on the recently completed competition for the Octavia Boulevard Residences in San Francisco.
This past year Professor Udovički had two essays in books published in France, in La Colline de Chaillot et ses palais. (Cité de l’Architecture, Paris, 2007) and Histoire et réhabilitation des sanatoriums (DOCOMOMO France, Paris, 2007). In September 2007, he had a Poster presentation in Ankara Turkey at the annual DOCOMOMO Conference on “Other Modernisms.”
Professor Udovički-Selb is currently working on a book on the “Stalinization of Soviet Architectural Culture, and the Survival of Constructivism in the 1930s.” The Italian publisher Allemandi is considering his proposal for two monographs on Moses Ginzburg’s virtually forgotten 1938 Sanatorium in Kislovodsk (Caucasus) and on the largely unstudied Palace of Culture by the brothers Vesnin, inaugurated in Moscow in 1937. Professor Udovički-Selb has also been conducting research with Professor Wilfried Wang, O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture School of Architecture, on the significance of Eileen Gray’s Villa E.1027 in Roquebrune, in collaboration with Eric De Backer, President of the Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes for the preservation of the Patrimoine, in preparation for the reopening of the villa and the international symposium to be held in 2009 on the occasion.
Professor Udovički-Selb is a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for European Studies of the University of Texas at Austin, and faculty at the Center for Russian, East-European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES). In the past five years, his research was funded with grants from the School of Architecture, the Center for European Studies (CES), the Center for Russian, East-European and Eurasian Studies, the University of Texas office of Research, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, and the Graham Foundation.
Wilfired Wang has been working over the past two years on the problem of the corner with particular reference to Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Altes Museum and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s New National Gallery. He published an essay on the subject in La Revista de Arquitectura (Pamplona) 8 (2007): 9-18, 106-9. He continued his research on the issue of “The Complexity of the Ordinary or Practical Critique of the Built Context,” which he presented as the keynote lecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts’ conference on “The Complexity of the Ordinary” in Copenhagen 2006 (forthcoming in the proceedings of the conference), and Alvaro Siza’s “Bouça” public housing scheme in Porto (forthcoming monograph by the O’Neil Ford Chair and the Center for American Architecture and Design). He is also currently developing an essay on the issue of context for the Dutch magazine Oase.
Together with Professor Danilo Udovički-Selb, Professor Wang is conducting research on the significance of Eileen Gray’s Villa E.1027 in Roquebrune, collaborating with the Service du Patrimoine Culturel, Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes, France, in preparation for the reopening of the villa and an international symposium to be held in 2009.
Professor Wang’s seminar on architectural criticism and his studio class this year will also engage historical subjects. His seminar will begin with presentations of key buildings of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including Alvar Aalto’s Cultural Center in Wolfsburg (1957), Hans Scharoun’s Philharmonic Concert Hall in Berlin (1963), and Zaha Hadid’s Science Center in Wolfsburg (2005). For his studio, the students will design a textile museum in Lima, Peru, celebrating the delicate and inventive textiles by early cultures there. These will examined in the context of Gottfried Semper’s theory that building construction developed from the principle of textile connections.
Tara Dudley sat for her qualifying examinations this past January and in September she presented her dissertation colloquium on the topic “Entrepreneurship, Ownership, and Identity: The influence of the gens de couleur libres on the Architecture of Antebellum New Orleans.” She will begin researching her dissertation in earnest this fall. Tara’s academic interests include African-American architects and design at the turn of the twentieth century, architectural education in the United States, and historic interiors. She is also preparing to research an article on the nineteenth-century interiors of the DuPont family’s home at Winterthur.
Outside of academia, Tara has put her master’s degree in historic preservation (May 2003) to use working as a private-sector architectural historian, participating in various cultural resource management and historic preservation projects as a writer, research assistant, production assistant, and field surveyor.
This summer Richard Gachot co-taught a study abroad program titled From Versailles to La Villette: Revolutionary History and Design in Paris, with twenty students from Texas State and Lamar universities. He is currently program director and Assistant Professor of the Interior Design program at Lamar University. He is putting the finishing touches on his thesis, “Nicolas Vassilieve: Modernism in Flight,” about the St. Peterburg pre-revolutionary architect who immigrated to the United States in 1923. This spring, he presented a paper, entitled “La Maison de Pierre Loti: Memory, Pleasure and the Sovereign Moment.”
In the fall, he will enter the Ph.D. program, continuing his study of Russian pre-revolutionary and Soviet architecture, in particular their rapport with France and the United States. At the moment, he is reviving his Russian language skills, which he hopes to put to use with a trip to St. Petersburg and Moscow thanks to a recently awarded Mebane traveling grant.
As a recipient of the Livingston Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin, Vladimir Kulić spent the fall of 2006 touring the former Yugoslavia, doing research for his dissertation “Land of the In-Between: Modern Architecture and Politics in Socialist Yugoslavia 1945-65.” He spent the past spring in Austin, organizing the symposium “Sanctioning Modernism” with Monica Penick and Timothy Parker. In May and June, he traveled again to Serbia and Macedonia for a final round of research thanks to generous grants from the Kittredge Educational Fund and the School of Architecture, UT Austin.
In September 2006, Vladimir presented his paper “Shifting Otherness(es): Foreign Perceptions of Architecture in Socialist Yugoslavia” at the 9th International DOCOMOMO Conference in Ankara, Turkey. In June 2007, his article “Refashioning the CK: Transitory identities of Belgrade's Tallest building” came out in the catalogue of the Serbian national exhibition at the Prague Quadriennal for Scenography and Theater Architecture.
In coming months, Vladimir will present papers at the national conferences of the College Art Associations (Dallas, February 2008) and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (New Orleans, November 2007), as well as the symposium “Exhibiting the Nation: World's Fairs, International Exhibitions, and the Place of Southeastern and East Central Europe” (the University of Texas in Austin, October 2007).
In January 2008, Vladimir will start teaching architectural history at the Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale.
Laura McGuire will enter the doctoral program in Architecture in the fall. She received her M.A. in Architectural History and Theory from the University of Texas at Austin in the summer and completed her Master’s thesis, “The Color of Home: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Interior Colors at the Home and Studio.” Her first article, “A Movie House in Space and Time: Frederick Kiesler’s Film Arts Guild Cinema,” appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of Studies in the Decorative Arts in a special issue on modern American design. Laura is continuing her study of Viennese-born Frederick Kiesler and the Americanization and commercialization of Central and Eastern European avant-garde design during the late 1920s and early 1930s. She is particularly interested in the role that Jewish émigré designers and architects played in the conceptualization and creation of American shopping environments during the interwar period. During the spring of 2007, she assembled and curated an exhibition of postwar architectural drawings selected from the Alexander Architectural Archive in conjunction with the Sanctioning Modernism symposium held at UTSOA. Laura spent the summer working with Kevin Keim at the Charles Moore Foundation on three new editions of the Foundation’s architectural travel guide, PlaceNOTES for Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Chicago. She continues work on a variety of projects for the Foundation, including the cataloging and digitization of the Charles Moore slide collection for ARTstor.
Timothy Parker received the 2006 Carter Manny Award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, to work on his dissertation, “The Modern Church in Rome: Architecture, Theology, and Community, 1945-80.” He is focusing on a group of six Catholic parish churches in Rome, against a background of over forty that he has visited and studied. His overriding aim in this project is to address the struggle for modern identity in architectural, theological, and liturgical forms and ideas. A William S. Livingston Fellowship from the Graduate School will support him during his final dissertation year.
Timothy was a co-organizer of Sanctioning Modernism, the recent international symposium on post-WWII architecture, held at UT in March. His recent scholarship includes a review essay on Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley, by Richard Kieckhefer, and A Sense of the Sacred: Theological Foundations of Christian Architecture and Art, by R. Kevin Seasoltz, in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 65, no. 4. In April, he presented a paper, “Phenomenology and the Complexity of Liturgical Space: Examples from Postwar Rome” at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians. He is currently writing a review essay on Heidegger's Topology: Being, Place, World, by Jeff Malpas, and Heidegger's Hut, by Adam Sharr, forthcoming in Centropa, and a review of The Big Fish: Consciousness as Structure, Body and Space, by Anna Bonshek, forthcoming in The European Legacy. In January, 2008, he will present a paper, “Politically Contested Sacred Spaces: Anti-Fascist Modernism in Postwar Rome,” at the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History.
Timothy is a licensed architect and occasionally lectures on religious architectural history at local churches. He lives in Austin with his wife Heidi and their daughter, Olivia, who is in third grade at Bryker Woods Elementary School.
This September, Monica Penick successfully defend her dissertation “The Pace Setter Houses: Organic Architecture and Postwar American Identity.” During the fall semester, will teach a course in the history of interior design in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and in the spring she will take over Architectural History Survey III.
In April 2007, Monica was selected as a participant in Columbia University’s Temple Hoyne Buell Center Dissertation Colloquium, where she presented a paper titled “More than a Threat: Elizabeth Gordon and the Organic Renaissance.” Monica served as co-chair and panelist in the 2007 University of Texas School of Architecture Symposium Sanctioning Modernism. Her paper, “’Modern but not too Modern’: Postwar Housing and the New American Style” was featured alongside those of Gwendolyn Wright (Columbia) and Sandy Isenstadt (Yale) in the session “At Home with Modernism.” The symposium has inspired a book of collected essays, which Monica is co-editing with fellow doctoral candidates Vladimir Kulić and Timothy Parker. Continuing the spirit of collaboration, Monica and Kate Holliday (Ph.D., 2003) will co-chair “Women in the Wings: Addressing the Importance of the Periphery” at the 2008 Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. Looking forward to 2009, Monica’s essay “Integrated Design: Alfred Browning Parker and the Pace Setter Textiles” has been accepted for publication and will appear in a special themed issue of Studies in the Decorative Arts. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) American Dissertation Fellowship, The Beverly Willis Foundation, and the School of Architecture Robert E. Veselka Endowed Fellowship have generously supported Monica’s research.
Still putting her Master's degree in Historic Preservation from UT Austin to good use, Monica is active as an independent architectural historian and historic preservation consultant, most recently working to nominate downtown Nacogdoches, Texas, to the National Register of Historic Places.
Mayassah Alsader will enter the Master’s program this fall. She received her BSc. degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Al-Fateh University, Libya, ranking second in her class of 1999. During her studies, she visited various historical sites in North Africa. She lived among locals in the desert city of Ghadames to study the road system there, exploring the social anthropological effect of gender, religion, and tradition on its formation. For her final project, she designed a recreation center for the city of Sabratha, where she studied the theater and the urban planning of the former Roman city.
After completing her studies, Mayassah spent three years in London working as an assistant architect and design coordinator in an international engineering company and an architectural firm respectively. During this period, she collaborated on several international projects within the health, residential, public, and commercial sectors. Mayassah joined the landscape architecture program in UT the spring of 2006 and became interested in the history of landscape architecture. She now plans to pursue research on Islamic Gardens, with a specific focus on the role of culture and religion in the design of gardens in the pan-Mediterranean region.
Sam Dodd will enter the M.A. program this fall. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Art History from Northern Illinois University (May 2007), where he graduated with honors as an NIU Alumni Merit Scholar. Sam’s recent academic research and variety of interests illustrate his diverse and extensive background in the field of art history. His undergraduate senior thesis, entitled “Rereading Modern Ornament: The Formal Language of Architectural Lettering,” examined the role of architectural lettering design within the expansive discourse of modern ornamental theory, including an alternative formal interpretation of work by Viennese architect Joseph Maria Olbrich, German designer Peter Behrens, and the Philadelphia Savings Fund Society building by George Howe and William Lescaze. Sam also played an active role, both as co-editor and co-author of a number of introductory section essays, in the forthcoming catalogue, Revisiting Modern Japanese Prints: Selected Works from the Richard F. Grott Collection, which will be published as part of an exhibition at the NIU Art Museum in early 2008.
For the past three years, Sam has worked as an architectural draftsman, focusing specifically on aluminum window and curtain wall systems. He also works as a freelance editor, collaborating with advanced graduate students. Currently, Sam looks forward to pursuing further research on the built environment of the modern era, with interests ranging from the methods of diagramming and charting urban spaces to the ideological dogmas of the debated high modernism of the International Style in America.
Natsumi Nonaka, who will enter the Ph.D. program in landscape architectural history this fall, received her Bachelor’s degree in French studies in 1987, and her Master’s degree in French Literature in 1989, both from the University of Tokyo. She spent a year in Athens on a Greek government scholarship, and split her time between reading in the library of the British School at Athens and field trips to numerous Greek and Roman archeological sites in Greece, Turkey and Italy as well as Renaissance, Mannerist and Baroque gardens in Italy.
After working for a publisher of language textbooks for learners of English, she has taught French language and culture in universities in Japan. She has also been engaged in independent research on Italian gardens, in translation projects of art and architectural history works such as Rome by Pierre Grimal and Domus: Pittura e Architettura d’illusione nella casa romana by Donatella Mazzoleni and Umberto Pappalardo, and in a series of Pompeian exhibition projects in Japan (in 1997, 1999, 2001, and 2006).
Natsumi’s research interests include landscapes and artistic representations of landscapes in a historical and cultural context, intercultural influences in the creation of architecture and landscape architecture, and the role of the architectural historian in modern society.
Katie Pierce, who will enter the M. A. program, received her Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Southwestern University in 2002. In August, she received her Master's degree in Information Studies from the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, where she focused on academic librarianship and archival enterprise. As a graduate research assistant at the Alexander Architectural Archive, Katie worked with several architectural records collections, among them the Karl Kamrath papers and the Ayres and Ayres collection. She also conducted a survey of Texas architects and buildings as part of the archive’s collection development plan. Katie's research interests include the intersections of history, philosophy, and psychology in the creation of architecture and the role of the architect in cultural development.
After teaching in a visiting position at Southwestern University last year, Kathryn E. (Kate) Holliday began as assistant professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall. She is teaching world architecture surveys and seminars in modern architecture and theory. Kate's new book on the Prague-born New York architect Leopold Eidlitz and his seminal conception of the organic in architecture is in production with W. W. Norton and will be released in Winter 2008. Entitled Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age, the book interweaves critical biography with intellectual history to shed new light on Eidlitz's buildings and his complex ideas about aesthetics, design, and their social meanings in late nineteenth century America. The book highlights Eidlitz's work on the New York state capitol building in Albany, as well as lesser known commissions like the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Church of the Holy Trinity and includes many never-seen before illustrations of his work.
The fall 2007 special issue of the Journal of Architectural Education features Kate's most recent article, “The Architecture Profession and the Public: Leopold Eidlitz's ‘Discourses Between Two T-Squares’.” In 1858, Eidlitz anonymously authored a series of humorous dialogues between two T-squares in an architect's office that scathingly critiqued the status quo of the architecture profession. He intended the pieces to raise awareness of the vicissitudes of architecture amongst the general public and he used storytelling, in the vein of the tremendously popular Washington Irving, to argue his case. Looking at Eidlitz's arguably unsuccessful attempt to bridge the divide between the public and the profession is enormously instructive in contextualizing contemporary attempts to do much the same thing.
Further ahead, Kate will be co-chairing with Monica Penick a session at the 2008 Society of Architectural Historians meeting in Cincinnati on the roles women have played in the design fields. And she continues to work on a project that follows up on Leopold Eidlitz's son Cyrus's firm, which was later headed by Ralph Walker beginning in the 1920s. Voorhees, Gmelin, and Walker attempted to humanize technology in the modern city, especially in their heavily ornamented telephone buildings. The broad cultural debate over “humanism” in America in the 1920s is crucial to understanding Walker's conception of design.
During the summer, Kate repeated her presentation on American art and architecture in the 1920s to the Region XIII teacher's workshop in in conjunction with the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center's exhibit The American Twenties. She has also taught courses on American architecture and modern cities through UT's Odyssey program.
Dana Hutt, who received her Master’s thesis in 1994, is the director of architectural documentation and special projects at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and a former research associate at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. With Gloria Gerace, she recently organized the exhibition “Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living,” which opened April 14, 2007, at the Art Center College of Design's South Campus in Pasadena. The exhibition, mounted jointly by Art Center and the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, where it appeared in a slightly different form last year, includes work by some of the most talented young architects in the world, among them Hitoshi Abe and Michel Rojkind. Her publications include Lloyd Wright: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Jr. (with A. Weintraub) (New York: Harry N. Abrams; 1999); L.A. Now, Volume Two: Shaping a New Vision for Downtown Los Angeles: Seven Proposals (with T. Mayne and R. Koshalek) (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2002); Richard Meier Architect (with R. Meier, L. J. Green, R. Kolshalek, and S. Allen) (New York: Monacelli Press, 1999); and Eric Owen Moss: Recent Works (with T. Sakamoto) (CD-ROM, in-D, 2000).
Lisa Schrenk, who received her Ph.D. in December 1998, recently received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of Architecture and Art History at Norwich University, where she teaches in the School of Architecture and Art. Her classes have included various survey courses on art and architectural history covering prehistoric to modern times and seminars on Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago architecture, international expositions, and the art and architecture of India and Southeast Asia. She has also taught courses in research methodology and thesis research.
Lisa’s scholarship primarily focuses on topics of American architecture and design from the early to mid twentieth century. Her dissertation work at UT led to the publication Building a Century of Progress: The Architecture of the 1933-34 Chicago World’s Fair (University of Minnesota Press, Spring 2007). The book, supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation, explores the development and promotion of ideologies, aesthetics, building practices, and new materials in modern architecture during the late 1920s and early 1930s through an in-depth examination of the second Chicago world’s fair.
In connection with her research on the Century of Progress Exposition, Lisa has presented papers at symposiums sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute and the Hagley Museum, as well as at national professional conferences, including annual meetings of the Society of Architectural Historians, the College Art Association, the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the Popular Culture Association, and the American Studies Association. Articles she has authored on related topics include "George Keck and his House of Tomorrow," in the Chicago Architectural Club Journal, and "From Historic Village to Modern Pavilion: The Evolution of Foreign Architectural Representation at International Expositions in the 1930s," in the journal National Identity. Lisa has also served as a consultant on several related exhibitions, including the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s 2004 exhibit A Century of Progress: Architecture and Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair, for which she presented the opening night lecture. In 2003 she was invited to participate in the creation of Designing the World of Tomorrow: America's World's Fairs in the 1930, a major exhibition sponsored by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and supported by several large NEH grants. The exhibition is scheduled to open in January 2009 at the NBM and then travel to six to eight prominent venues in the United States and abroad.
Lisa has made a strong commitment to the incorporation of major explorations of non-Western architecture in survey-level history courses. She also believes in the importance of experiencing works of architecture firsthand to gain a better understanding of the buildings and the cultures that produced them. Since leaving UT, Lisa has spent time in Peru, Japan, India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam (in addition to many European countries). This summer she will be traveling in Brazil on a Fulbright award as a participant in a six-week seminar on sustainable development sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. During Summer 2008 she hopes to take a group of architecture students to Cambodia.
News from the Alexander Architectural Archive
Beth Dodd, Curator
William Allin Storrer Collection
Noted Frank Lloyd Wright scholar, Dr. William Allin Storrer, donated his manuscript, research, and reference archive consisting of photographic prints, negatives, slides, drawings, papers, books, and periodicals on which he based his groundbreaking publications: The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Complete Catalog; The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright: A Guide to Extant Structures; and The Frank Lloyd Wright Companion. Storrer produced the first comprehensive catalog, along with a definitive numbering system, of Wright's nearly 500 built works. The third edition of the catalog identifies in photo or drawing every extant constructed project. For more information, see UT Feature story and slide show co-authored by Professor Anthony Alofsin at www.utexas.edu/features/2005/wright/index.html.
Karl Kamrath Papers
The family of Karl Kamrath donated material covering the design stage and post construction photography of Kamrath's career. Materials include: presentation and sketch drawings, sketchbooks, photographic prints, negatives, slides, papers, and books. Of particular interest is the MacKie and Kamrath job file that documents 1,000 projects between 1938 and 1983. This collection joins the Karl Kamrath Library of books, magazines, and ephemera relating to architect Frank Lloyd Wright that was donated to the Architecture and Planning library in 1987. (www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utaaa/00065/aaa-00065.html).
Ayres and Ayres Collection
The heirs of Ayres and Ayres recently donated an additional installment to the Ayres and Ayres collection. The gift consists of papers, drawings, photographic material, scrapbooks, and clippings illuminating the careers of two of San Antonio's most prolific architects-Atlee B. and Robert M. Ayres. Photographs comprise the bulk of the accession. This series is arranged into five sub-series: A. Personal Papers (6 linear inches); B. Professional Papers (2 in.); Office Records (13.5 in.); Project Files (8 in. and 9 rolls of drawings); Art and Artifacts (1.5 in.). The bulk of the material dates from 1893 to 1974. (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utaaa/00041/aaa-00041p1.html).