The annual Architectural Studies symposium is dedicated to exploring a topic in architecture of local and national significance.

2013: Applied Modernism: Living in the Now

Applied Modernism

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

1:30 - 5:00 

Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

4400 Forbes Avenue | Pittsburgh

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Read the paper abstracts

First Session | 1:30 – 3:00                                       

Welcome and Introduction

Drew Armstrong + Mrinalini Rajagopalan

Architectural Studies Program

University of Pittsburgh

Diego Rivera and the ‘Building’ of Mexican Identity

Patricia Morgado

North Carolina State University

Generalizing Away Uniqueness: James Stirling's Interrogation of the Oxbridge Courtyard

Amanda Reeser Lawrence

Northeastern University

Coffee Break

Second Session | 3:30-5:00

Pittsburgh’s Chatham Village: The Enduring Relevance of a Housing Revolution that Wasn’t

Angelique Bamberg

University of Pittsburgh

Housing for Spatial Justice: The Women's Development Corporation of Providence, Rhode Island

Ipek Türeli

McGill University


2011: Private Domains Public Displays, The Modern House Interpreted

On April 5, 2011, the Architectural Studies Pfallingwaterrogram in conjunction with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and
the Carnegie Museum of Art, held a symposium in celebration
of Fallingwater's 75th anniversary. When he designed Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright abandoned conventional
notions of building and living. New materials and technologies permitted unprecedented experimentation, while creating unexpected challenges that define the modern movement.
To explore these issues, an international gathering of
directors and curators convened in Pittsburgh to discuss strategies for preserving and interpreting nine of the world's iconic modern house museums.

Speakers: Tracy Myers, Raymund Ryan, Drew Armstrong, Lynda Waggoner, Bradley C. Brooks, Susanna Pettersson, Kimberli Meyer, Iveta Cerna, Justin Gunther, Benjamin Haavik, Paul Eisenhauer,
Whitney French, and Irene Shum Allen.

More information on the symposium from Fallingwater

2008: The Allegheny County Courthouse in Context

courthouseOn the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Allegheny County Courthouse, the Architectural Studies program presents an international symposium on the architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886) and the place of
his Pittsburgh masterpiece in the context of American architecture. This day-long event featured speakers from across the continent who will address aspects of Richardson's work and the impact of the Allegheny County Courthouse as a model for civic architecture throughout North America.

Speakers: Martin Aurand, Kenneth Breisch, Michael Cary, Jeffrey Cohen, Kate Holliday, Timothy Kelly, Hope Mayo, Maureen Meister, Mary Alice Molloy, Jeffrey Ochsner, Douglas Richardson, Franklin Toker, and Arthur Ziegler.

2007: Current Directions in Historic Preservation Education

As part of a comprehensive planning exercise to address changes in architecture education, the department sponsored a national symposium on how historic preservation is taught in professional programs, featuring an outstanding panel of participants from a variety of schools.

The department feels that it is especially important for interested members of the local community to be involved in these discussions. As we develop a vision for a program in historic preservation at the University of Pittsburgh, we will be building as much on the resources of the university as on the outstanding accomplishments of many Pittsburgh organizations. The symposium will be a starting point for establishing strong links both within the university and into surrounding community.

Speakers: Daniel Bluestone, Paul Byard, Mindy Fullilove, Ned Kaufman, Frank Matero, David Mertz, Vincent Michael, Douglas Sanford, and Michael Tomlan


Field Trips


Vienna IFTA

Vienna IFTA