1st Edition

Histories of Architecture Education in the United States

Edited By Peter L. Laurence Copyright 2024
    302 Pages 118 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 118 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Histories of Architecture Education in the United States is an edited collection focused on the professional evolution, experimental and enduring pedagogical approaches, and leading institutions of American architecture education. Beginning with the emergence of architecture as a profession in Philadelphia and ending with the early work, but unfinished international effort, of making room for women and people of color in positions of leadership in the field, this collection offers an important history of architecture education relevant to audiences both within and outside of the United States. Other themes include the relationship of professional organizations to educational institutions; the legacy of late nineteenth-century design concepts; the role of architectural history; educational changes and trans-Atlantic intellectual exchanges after WWII and the Cold War; the rise of the city and urban design in the architect’s consciousness; student protests and challenges to traditional architecture education; and the controversial appearance of environmental activism. This collection, in other words, provides a relevant history of the present, with topics of concern to all architects studying and working today.

    Part 1: Institutions

    1. The Philadelphia Way of Making Architects: The Birth and Birthplace of American Architecture Education

    Michael J. Lewis

    2. The Architect at Mid-Century: The AIA and Architecture Education, 1857 and 1957

    Kathryn Holliday

    3. Redefining Rome’s Lessons: Architects at the American Academy

    Denise Costanzo

    4. French Connections: Learning from Penn

    Caroline Maniaque

    Part 2: Counter-Institutions

    5. Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois: Their Legacies in Architecture Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    Andrew Chin and Daisy O’lice I. Williams

    6. Between Colonial Nostalgia and Modern Aspirations: The University of Puerto Rico School of Architecture as a Pedagogical Experiment

    Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Suárez

    7. Radical Empathy in the Teaching of Bruce Goff and the “American School” of Architects

    Stephanie Pilat and Angela Person

    8. A Postmodern School of Architecture: Education at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies

    Kim Förster

    9. Signs and Wonders: John Hejduk and the Re-Enchantment of Architecture at The Cooper Union

    Brad Horn

    10. Feminism and Architecture: The Women’s School of Planning and Architecture

    Andrea J. Merrett

    Part 3: Constituting the Discipline, Pushing Its Boundaries

    11. Cultivating the Sense of Beauty: Denman Waldo Ross and the Teaching of Pure Design

    Marie Frank

    12. From Constancy to Change: Sigfried Giedion and the Shifting Role of History in Architecture Education

    Reto Geiser

    13. The Question of Humanism: Architecture “in Service of Life” at North Carolina State College, 1948-1952

    Eric Bellin

    14. The Politics of the Creative Mind: Educating Architects at M.I.T. after 1945

    Anna Vallye

    15. The Oregon Conspiracy: John Reynolds and the Politics of Environmental Control

    Albert Narath

    Part 4: Architecture Goes Beyond Itself

    16. The “Social Planning Movement”: Architecture and Planning at the University of Pennsylvania

    Avigail Sachs

    17. The School and the City: Urban Design at Cornell in the 1960s and ’70s

    Roberto Damiani

    18. Architecture Education as a Social Art: Social Science at the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design

    William Littmann

    19. Toppling the “Cinderblock in the Sky”: “Negative” Architecture Education at Columbia University in the 1960s

    Michael H. Carriere

    20. From Student to Educator: The Personal Letters and Critical Discourse of Denise Scott Brown

    Andreea Mihalache


    Peter L. Laurence is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Clemson University School of Architecture, where he teaches architectural history and theory, and architecture and urban design courses. His research focuses on architectural pedagogies, urban design history, architects’ thinking about the city, and, more broadly, epistemological change in architectural history and theory. He is the author of Becoming Jane Jacobs (Penn Press, 2016), which was supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.