Dianne Harris: Framing Los Angeles, 1960: Case Study House #22 and the Architecture of Whiteness

Lecture by Dianne Harris

Case Study House #22. photo / Julius Shulman

Dianne Harris is dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah, where she is also a professor in the history department. She holds a Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of California–Berkeley. Her scholarship, which has a broad temporal and geographic reach spanning from 18th-century Lombardy to the postwar United States, is united by a constant interest in the relationship between the built environment and the construction of racial and class identities. She is particularly well-known for her scholarly contributions to the study of "race and space." Focusing on the visual, the material, and the spatial, her work consistently seeks answers to questions about the ways representations, objects, and built forms (cities, buildings, landscapes) contribute to the formation of social and cultural histories. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles, coedited volumes and books, the most recent of which is Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2013.

Harris is a past-president for the Society of Architectural Historians, for whom she also served as editor-in-chief for a major, Mellon Foundation-funded digital humanities initiative called SAHARA, and currently serves as chair of the advisory board for the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. She was the recipient of a 2006 Iris Foundation Award from the Bard Graduate Center, New York City, for outstanding scholarly contributions in the history of art, decorative arts, and cultural history.