Anthony Vidler: The Invention of an Architectural Pedagogy: Austin, Cambridge, Ithaca

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John Shaw Memorial Lecture

Anthony Vidler received his professional degree in architecture from Cambridge University in England, and his doctorate in history and theory from the University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. Vidler was a member of the Princeton University School of Architecture faculty from 1965–93, serving as the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair of Architecture, the chair of the Ph.D. committee, and director of the program in European cultural studies. In 1993, he took a position as professor and chair of the department of art history at UCLA.

Vidler was appointed the acting dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in 2001, and dean of the school in 2002. A historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present, he has consistently taught courses in design, history, and theory, and continues to teach a wide variety of courses at The Cooper Union. He stepped down from the deanship in 2013. Prior to that, Vidler was the dean of AAP from 1997–98.

John Shaw was a faculty member at Cornell for 35 years, from 1962 until his retirement in 1995. Shaw was a strong advocate for his students, and a much-loved professor, mentoring several generations of architects. He was a core member of a group of educators called The Texas Rangers, and instrumental in developing architectural pedagogy at Cornell. The group's contribution to architecture education in the U.S. is the topic of Alex Caragonne's book, The Texas Rangers: Notes from an Architectural Underground (MIT Press, 1995).

Vidler first met Shaw in 1967 at a conference in Ithaca and again many times over the years. Vidler's lecture will engage themes with which Shaw's teaching, writing, and practice were primarily concerned: of travel being indispensable, watercolors as a way of seeing, and Purist and Renaissance inspired ideas about form and space. Jerry Wells, a former student, colleague and lifelong friend, and former chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell will deliver the introduction.

There will be a reception in Milstein Hall dome immediately following the lecture.