Professor of Architectural History
University of California, Los Angeles
Lecture: Monday, November 18, 2013
5:30 pm - Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall
an Alan K. and Leonarda F. Laing Memorial Lecture
Dell Upton studies the history of architecture, cities, and material culture. Professor Upton teaches courses on American and world architecture and urbanism, art- and architectural-history theories and methods, material culture,andcross-cultural spatial formation in the post-colonial world. His books and articles treat subjects ranging from pre-Revolutionary American architecture to critiques of New Urbanism and heritage tourism. They include Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic (2008; winner, Society of Architectural Historians Spiro Kostof Book Prize) and Architecture in the United States (1998; winner, Vernacular Architecture Forum Abbott Lowell Cummings Award), a volume in the Oxford History of Art series, as well as Holy Things and Profane: Anglican Parish Churches in Colonial Virginia (1986; winner, American Studies Association John Hope Franklin Publication Prize; Society of Architectural Historians Alice Davis Hitchock Book Prize; Vernacular Architecture Forum Abbott Lowell Cummings Award); and Madaline: Love and Survival in Antebellum New Orleans (1996; winner, Louisiana Literary Award). Upton served as a consultant and chief catalogue essayist for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2000 exhibition Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861. He is has just completed a study of civil-rights and black-history monuments and urban politics in the U.S. South and is working on a world history of architecture.