The Center for American Architecture and Design seeks to provide scholars, practitioners, students, and the public with opportunities to examine contemporary and historical issues in architecture and design, to collect and disperse resources on architecture to scholars and researchers, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of architecture, the most public art form.
Founded in 1982 with a focus on regional architecture, the Center's scope now includes the investigation of fundamental issues that are integral to our understanding of architecture. The impact of architecture and design transcends political boundaries, and the complexity of economic realities and social conditions are facts that produce interrelatedness and interdependence. By establishing the Center as the locus of discussion, we hope to bring together scholars, the design profession, and the public.
In addition to providing a forum for discussion, the Center strives to coalesce support for scholars who conduct research and articulate the nature of architectural and related design disciplines in the Americas for the benefit of others. By stimulating a sense of what has been, is now, and should be for the future, the Center hopes to influence the quality of landscape, urban spaces, and design.
The Center stages national symposia, publishes the CENTER, Centerline, and O'Neil Ford Monograph and Duograph book series, and supports independent research and scholarship in architecture and design. The Center also sponsors exhibitions, books, seminars, films, bi-weekly forums during the fall and spring semesters, and lectures to raise public awareness of the possibilities for economic growth and enhanced human welfare posed by higher design standards.
The goals of the Center for American Architecture and Design are wide and are designed to ensure that important subjects receive the attention of scholars, theoreticians, and practitioners, while providing the public with opportunities to discover and share the findings that the Center's efforts produce. Projects of the Center are supported by grants and gifts from foundations, individuals, and businesses. The Center has garnered financial support from such major institutions as the Graham Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, the Annenberg Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Center is located in Battle Hall Room 105 on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Michael Benedikt is the Director, Kevin Alter is the Associate Director, Leora Visotzky serves as Managing Editor and Center Associate, and David Schneider serves as Assistant Editor.