2017 Buell Dissertation Colloquium

2017 Buell Dissertation Colloquium

March 31 - April 1, 2017

East Gallery, Buell Hall

The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture's biennial Dissertation Colloquium brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. The Colloquium has been held since the Buell Center's founding in 1982, and its purpose is to provide a forum for discussing significant new work by emerging scholars. Much of the event's long and distinguished history, which includes early work of many of the field's establishes scholars, is available for perusal online here


Following a keynote presentation entitled "Angels of Memory Guard the City in Freefall" by Joseph Heathcott of The New School at 6:00 on Friday March 31, participants and paper titles for the 2017 Colloquium are as follows:


Panel 1: 10:15 - 12:00

Michael Abrahamson, University of Michigan

"Freedom and Flexibility: Gunnar Birkerts at Tougaloo College, 1965"


Christian Parreno, Oslo School of Architecture and Design

"Sigfried Giedion and the Confusion and Boredom of the International Style: Death or Metamorphosis? New York, 1961"


Alexandra Quantrill, Columbia University

"An Environment for Industry: The Cummins Engine Company and the Commercial-Philanthropic Sphere, 1963-1975"


Response: Edward Eigen, Associate Professor of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Harvard University


Panel 2: 1:00 - 2:45

Bryan Norwood, Harvard University

"Plantation Grotesque: Empathy and Abstraction in the Deep South"


Andrea Merrett, Columbia University

"Scholarship as Activism: Writing the History of Women into Architecture"


Katie Singer, Rutgers University-Newark

"Narrative of the Kreuger-Scott Mansion Project: Constructing Newark History"


Response: Sarah Lopez, Assistant Professor of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin, Mellon-Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities, Princeton University


Panel 3: 3:00 - 4:15

Molly Briggs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Bachmann's Stereographic and the Panoramic Natural"


Azra Dawood, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Building a Protestant Internationalism: John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the Architecture of New York's International Student House"


Joseph Watson, University of Pennsylvania 

"The Suburbanity of Frank Lloyd Wright's Broadacre City"


Response: Timothy Hyde, Associate Professor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology