Papers of Scholar and Architect Anthony Alofsin Given to University of Texas Libraries – UT News | The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Anthony Alofsin, FAIA.
AUSTIN, Texas — The Alexander Architectural Archives and Structure & Planning Library at The University of Texas at Austin have acquired the archive and private library of award-profitable writer, architect and educator Dr. Anthony Alofsin, FAIA.
The Anthony Alofsin Archive — a donation by Alofsin to the University of Texas Libraries — displays an achieved life and profession by way of his huge work and collections. Alofsin has written or edited 12 books and greater than 80 articles, essays and critiques over his 30 yr profession. The assortment contains paperwork resembling analysis notes, manuscripts, course work, photographic supplies, architectural drawings, interviews, analysis papers, books, journals and historic supplies.
“Anthony Alofsin is an distinctive structure educator and an internationally acknowledged scholar,” mentioned UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves. “In sharing the corpus of his skilled work with the Alexander Archive, Professor Alofsin provides to UT’s extraordinary particular collections, enhancing our analysis and aiding within the recruitment of excellent college students, school and students.”
The power of the archive is mirrored in outstanding collections of supplies that spotlight Alofsin’s areas of inquiry all through his profession.
Alofsin — The Roland Roessner Centennial Professor of Structure — is considered one of the world’s main authorities on the architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and his in depth analysis and publications on the architect kind an necessary compilation throughout the archive. He was recognized with the Wright Spirit Award (skilled class) by the Frank Lloyd Wright Constructing Conservancy in 2006 for his 5-quantity reference work, “Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence,” thought of a useful reference device for Wright students and researchers all over the world.
As a famous knowledgeable on trendy structure, Alofsin’s experience and actions are represented by way of particular holdings in central European structure together with fieldwork and writing from the late 1980s when he organized a global consortium of architects and students from Central Europe to conduct authentic analysis on the varieties of trendy kinds of structure that advanced within the late Habsburg. Of particular worth is Alofsin’s analysis documenting the historical past of the Harvard Graduate College of Design for his guide “The Struggle for Modernism: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning at Harvard,” which coated the historical past of the college from its beginnings by way of the 1960s.
“Dr. Alofsin conducts, for structure, the type of meticulous analysis and documentation that's completely important for the credibility and development of any discipline,” mentioned Larry Speck, professor and former dean of the College of Structure at UT Austin. “His experience is predicated on deep major investigation, extraordinary evaluation and wealthy, nuanced perception. His contributions to the sector have established Alofsin as one of the premier architectural historians of his technology.”
Alofsin has additionally made contributions to architectural schooling as a college member of the College of Structure and by way of his personal skilled design initiatives. Since 1987, he has taught throughout the curriculum of the College of Structure, and he based the college’s Ph.D. program. His archives embody full documentation of programs he developed together with historical past, concept and studios and his actions as director of the college’s Heart for American Structure and Design. In his skilled apply he has designed personal properties for purchasers together with his personal residences in Austin, Texas. Just lately, Alofsin was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, one of the very best awards given by the occupation.
In extra help of the archive, Alofsin made a beneficiant contribution to present for the retention of a short lived archivist for the aim of processing the gathering for accessibility by researchers and the bigger public.
For extra info, contact: Travis Willmann, University of Texas Libraries, 512-495-4644.