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Cooper Union Dean Anthony Vidler to lecture at Syracuse Architecture

October 22, 2008

Elaine Wackerow

Elaine Wackerow

Anthony Vidler, dean of Cooper Union School of Architecture, New York City, will speak at the Syracuse University School of Architecture on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m. in Slocum Hall Auditorium. His lecture, "Whatever Happened to Ecology? Technology and Sustainability from Banham to Today," is free and open to the public.

Vidler has served as dean of the school since 2002. He is a historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present, and currently teaches "Thesis Design Studio" and "Advanced Topics in History, Theory and Criticism" at Cooper Union.

He received a B.A. in architecture and fine arts and a diploma in architecture from Cambridge University, England, and a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Vidler was a member of the Princeton University School of Architecture faculty from 1965-93, during which time he served as the chair of the Ph.D. committee and director of the Program in European Cultural Studies. He was appointed the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair of Architecture in 1990. In 1993, he took up a position as professor and chair of the Department of Art History at UCLA, with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture from 1997.

He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Getty Scholar at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in 1992-93.

His publications include "Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture" (MIT Press, 2000), "Antoine Grumbach" (Centre Georges Pompidou, 1996), "The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely" (MIT Press, 1992), "Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Regime" (MIT Press, 1990) and "The Writing of the Walls: Architectural Theory in the Late Enlightenment" (Princeton Architectural Press, 1987).

Syracuse University School of Architecture is the fourth-oldest program in the United States and is consistently rated among the top architecture schools in the country. In 2008, the school's undergraduate program was ranked third in the nation by DesignIntelligence.

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