Architecture History Grad Student Receives Carter Manny Award

December 3, 2013

Ph.D. candidate Sophie Hochhäusl (M.A. HAUD '10) is the recipient of a 2013 Carter Manny Award, presented by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The award recognizes outstanding doctoral-level work on architectural topics, and provides funding for dissertation writing and research. Hochhäusl received a $15,000 prize.

"This award is simultaneously well deserved and unsurprising, " says Medina Lasansky, associate professor of architecture and HAUD coordinator. "One of the many great things about Sophie is the way she identifies historical questions and goes about answering them. She is open minded, creative, and rigorous — the best qualities for undertaking great architectural history."

Hochhäusl's thesis, Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953, was selected after a review of 44 applications from doctoral students enrolled in schools in the U.S. and Canada. The review panel for the 2013 Carter Manny Award included Romi Crawford, associate professor, Visual and Critical Studies and Africana Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Timothy Hyde, associate professor of architecture, Harvard GSD; and Mark Linder, associate professor, Chancellor's Fellow in the Humanities, Syracuse University School of Architecture.

"Advising Sophie on her M.A. and now Ph.D. has been such a gratifying and intellectually rewarding experience, " says Mark Morris, visiting associate professor of architecture and a member of Hochhäusl's committee. "She is a serious scholar who moves comfortably between history and design, urbanism, and landscape. "

Mark Cruvellier, Nathaniel and Margaret Owings Professor and chair of the architecture department, adds, "This prestigious award is obviously a great achievement for Sophie, and is also a fitting tribute to the remarkable quality of our HAUD graduate program, its faculty, and its students — especially in this year of losing [longtime HAUD professor] Chris Otto, who was one of Sophie's thesis advisers."

Hochhäusl's thesis committee also included Alys George, Department of German, NYU; William Goldsmith, professor emeritus, CRP; Sara Pritchard, Department of Science and Technology Studies, College of Arts and Sciences; and Felicity Scott, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University. Hochhäusl also received support and guidance on the Carter Manny Award process from Mary Woods, architecture; and Mary McLeod, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University.

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