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Anthony Alofsin is an architect, artist, art historian, writer, and professor. Educated at Andover, Harvard, and Columbia University, he has been named a Fellow, Bogliasco Foundation, Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities; Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; Fellow, MacDowell Colony; Fellow, the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna; Visiting Scholar, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; Visiting Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Fulbright Professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.
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His recent book When Buildings Speak: Architecture as Language in the Habsburg Empire and its Aftermath, 1867-1933 won the Vasari Award from the Dallas Museum of Art; a German language edition will be published by the Verlag Anton Pustet in 2011. He is editor of A Modernist Museum in Perspective: The East Building, National Gallery of Art. He is the author The Struggle for Modernism: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning at Harvard, the history of the Harvard Graduate School of Design from its beginnings through the 1960s. His book reviews and essays have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The Burlington Magazine, and The New Criterion. His first work of fiction, Halflife was published in January, 2009.
Much of his scholarly writing has focused on issues of influence, how ideas are transmitted and transformed, in the concept of artistic transition as well as reception as an index of cultural and social meaning. He conducts a broad range of research activities including American modernism, Central European modern architecture, the history of ornament, the history of design education in architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning as well as ongoing research on Frank Lloyd Wright. He has written on the role of narrative in architecture and on the origins of regionalism in modern architecture.
In recent years he has turned his attention to fiction and narrative drawings based on ritual practices as well as designs for private clients. He is currently writing a memoir, Memphis Stories, preparing a folio of drawings, Places of Refuge, planning a book on the American home, which explores the practices of the high end housing industry, and continuing research for a new introduction to the work and life of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Alofsin is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and as an expert on modern architecture. In 2006, he received the Wright Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. The award honors an individual who, through artistic, architectural, scholarly, professional or other endeavors embodies the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright. He is editor of Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower and Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond, and he has written a new introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Wasmuth folios, Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe, which appeared in English, German, and Italian editions. His published works include the introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fifty Views of Japan: the 1905 Photograph Album. His pioneering study, Frank Lloyd Wright: the Lost Years, 1910-1922, is acknowledged to be one of the most important books on Wright in the last forty years; the book was a winner in the monograph category in the American Institute of Architects International Book Awards. Alofsin’s other publications include the five-volume reference work, Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence, which won the Vasari Award of the Dallas Museum of Art; it has become an invaluable reference tool for Wright scholars and researchers the world over.
He has also been active as a curator and adviser to several architectural exhibitions. He was consulting curator for the major retrospective Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He curated Prairie Skyscraper on Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and the exhibition Wright's Wasmuth Folios: Representing the Ideal, at the Ross Gallery, Columbia University.
Alofsin maintains an architectural practice and his projects, which range in scale and style, have been frequently published. The sites of his projects include New Mexico, New York, and Texas. He also lectures internationally and is the Roland Roessner Centennial Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin where he founded and directed the Ph.D. program in architectural history.
Excerpt from a review of his book, When Buildings Speak: Architecture as Language in the Habsburg Empire and its Aftermath, 1867-1933: “this book marks an undisputable contribution not only to the knowledge of the Central European architecture, but also to the ongoing remapping of modern architecture. Alofsin introduces a new reading of the architecture of the region and supports it with an extremely rich use of illustrations, including many large color photographs of breathtaking quality.Alofsin demonstrates here that modern architecture implies several and different means of expression, all of which are equally worth investigating. While certainly contributing to the continuing shifts of historiography of modern architecture, this book will also open pathways to the study of even more ‘adventurous’ territories that have yet to be considered by mainstream architectural history.”
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, June 2008.