2016 annual meeting

Photo by Ezra Stoker/Esto



Wednesday 10 February 2016

Northeastern University
Behrakis Health Sciences Center Room 310 (3rd floor)
30 Leon Street, Boston, MA
Parking Available in West Parking Garage, Leon Street
6:00pm Business Meeting followed by lecture by
Timothy R. Rohan on his recently published book:

The Architecture of Paul Rudolph

Equally admired and maligned for his remarkable Brutalist buildings, Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) shaped both late modernist architecture and a generation of architects while chairing Yale’s department of architecture from 1958 to 1965. Based on extensive research and unpublished materials, The Architecture of Paul Rudolph (Yale University Press, 2014) is the first in-depth study of the architect, neglected since his postwar zenith.
Author Timothy M. Rohan unearths the ideas that informed Rudolph’s architecture, from his Florida beach houses of the 1940s to his concrete buildings of the 1960s to his lesser-known East Asian skyscrapers of the 1990s. Situating Rudolph within the architectural discourse of his day, Rohan shows how Rudolph countered the perceived monotony of the glass curtain-walled International Style with a dramatically expressive architecture for postwar America, exemplified by his Yale Art and Architecture Building of 1963, famously clad in corrugated concrete.

Timothy M. Rohan is associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at UMass Amherst. He has written articles for Grey Room, Casabella, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and other publications. His new research concerns late twentieth-century Manhattan interiors.

Event is co-sponsored by: Northeastern University, School of Architecture, Art + Design Department


Boston University

Photonics Center
Room 901
8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston
February 13, 2016
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Session 1:
Architecture of Colonialism
Shivani Shedde, Jacobé Huet, Tina Barouti

Session 2:
Expressions of Landscape Architecture
Farshid Emami, Aaron Ahlstrom, Ruth Lo

Session 3:
Religion and Secularism in Architecture
Caroline E. Murphy, Sam Palfreyman, Eric Lin

Hosted by Boston University’s History of Art and Architecture Department

More info:

Ian Stevenson: cis(at)bu.edu     Silvia Colpani: colpanis(at)wit.edu     Megan Sherck: sherckm(at)wit.edu

Tentative Schedule:

8:45-9:00: Coffee and Refreshments

9:00-9:05: Welcome and Introductions

Session 1, Architecture of Colonialism
9:05-9:25: Making (In)Visible: Governance, Representation, and the Making of the Subject in the Kolar Mines, 1873-1950, Shivani Shedde, Yale University
9:25-9:45: Zionism, Nazism and Orientalism: Modern Architecture in 1930s Tel Aviv, Jacobé Huet, Williams College
9:45-10:05: The Corbusian Cycle: French and Algerian Architectural Exchange in the Twentieth Century, Tina Barouti, Boston University
10:05-10:15: Q&A for all session 1 panelists

10:15-10:25: BREAK

Session 2: Expressions of Landscape Architecture
10:25-10:45: The Chaharbagh of Isfahan: Architecture and Urbanism in Safavid Iran, Farshid Emami, Harvard University
10:45-11:05: Green Spaces & Close Quarters: Bromley Park & Housing in Jamaica Plain, Aaron Ahlstrom, Boston University
11:05-11:25: Cultivating Fascism: War Gardens, Ancient Ruins, and Mussolini’s Rome, Ruth Lo, Brown University
11:25-11:35: Q&A for all session 2 panelists

11:35-11:45: BREAK

Session 3: Religion and Secularism in Architecture
11:45-12:05: Artifacts and Relics: Accessing Architectural Origins in theMonasticon Anglicanum (1655), Caroline Murphy, MIT
12:05-12:25: Washington Chapel: Material Symbol of the Twentieth-Century Mormon Return to the Eastern United States, Samuel Palfreyman, Boston University
12:25-12:45: Architecture and Social Media: Comparative Analysis of Facebook and New York Times Headquarters, Eric Lin, Brandeis University
12:45-12:55: Q&A for all session 3 panelists

12:55: Closing remarks

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Ethan Carr, PhD, FASLA
Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Olmsted firm is well known for the design of hundreds of municipal parks and other landscapes. The achievements of Olmsted and his successors in scenic preservation are less appreciated. This talk explores the influence of the “Fairsted School” of landscape architecture on scenic preservation and on the design of state and national park systems through the twentieth century.

6:00pm reception 7:00pm lecture
43 Hawes Street, Wheelock College, Brookline
Admission is free; space is limited Reservations required
For more information and to register: http://friendsoffairsted.org/