Bio

Anthony Alofsin, Ph.D., FAIA

Award-winning author, architect, exhibition curator, and teacher, Anthony 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. He has designed private homes for clients since 1992, including his own residence in Austin, Texas, which was featured in ARCHITECTURE, Professional Builder, and Better Homes and Gardens Building Ideas. He is a Registered Architect, Texas license 19534. His current research focuses on the formation of taste, value, and identity in the production of the American Home. This innovative work looks at techniques of the building industry and relationships between builders, realtors, and marketing to create the boundaries of contemporary housing at all socio-economic levels. He is also conducting ongoing research on the history of ornament and its application to contemporary practice.

In 2017 Alofsin was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architedts, one of the highest awards bestowed by the profession.

Dr. Alofsin’s latest book, When Buildings Speak: Architecture as Language in the Habsburg Empire and Its Aftermath 1867-1933, (University of Chicago Press) appeared in September, 2006. His study The Struggle for Modernism: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning (W.W. Norton, 2002) and provides the definitive history of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was editor of Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond, and he has written a new introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe, which appeared in English, German, and Italian editions in 1998. 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. Dr. Alofsin’s other publications include the five-volume reference work, Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence (Garland, 1988), which won the Vasari Award of the Dallas Museum of Art, and numerous articles. His published works include the introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fifty Views of Japan: The 1905 Photograph Album, published by the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation. His review essays on architecture appear in the Times Literary Supplement, the world’s leading literary review.

During 2003-2004 Dr. Alofsin was Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. From 1992-1996 he originated and directed the research project "A Tense Alliance: Architecture in the Habsburg Lands, 1893-1928," an international collaboration among scholars in North America and Central Europe who conducted original field research on modernism and nationalism throughout the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Dr. Alofsin has also been the consulting curator for the major retrospective Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1994. He curated the exhibition Wright’s Wasmuth Folios: Representing the Ideal, at the Ross Gallery, Columbia University, and was Guest Curator for Prairie Skyscraper, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower, an exhibition on Wright’s only built skyscraper; the exhibition opened in October, 2005 and traveled to Yale University and the National Building Museum, Washington, DC. In 2006 the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy selected him asrecipient of the Wright Spirit Award, the Conservancy’s highest honor, in recognition of his significant contributions to the study of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Dr. Alofsin is Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor in Architecture and Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. From 1990-93, he was director of the Center for American Architecture and Design and has been director of the Ph.D. and Masters degree programs in History/Theory in the School of Architecture. His courses have included methodologies of architectural history, history of ornament, Frank Lloyd Wright, and modernism. In 1983-84 he was Associate Chairman, Division of Historic Preservation, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Columbia University. He is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire (in residence fall, 2006). He is a Fellow of the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna where in 1995 he explored issues of cultural identity in Central Europe. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Visiting Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Scholar in Residence, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

A graduate of Harvard College, Magna Cum Laude with High Honors, Dr. Alofsin took his M.Arch. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and his M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology from Columbia University. He attended Phillips Academy, Andover and the Memphis Academy of Art. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Harvard Design School Alumni Council, a national board member of the Society of Architectural Historians, and member other national and international organizations devoted to the arts and architecture.

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