Award-winning architect, author, exhibition curator, and teacher, Dr. Anthony Alofsin, AIA, is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and as an expert on the history of architecture. He is author of Frank Lloyd Wright: American Secessionist (University of Texas Press, January 2012), and his book, When Buildings Speak: Architecture as Language in the Habsburg Empire and its Aftermath, 1867-1933 (2006; paperback ed. 2008) won the Vasari Award from the Dallas Museum of Art; a German language edition, published by the Anton Pustet Verlag in Salzburg, appeared in summer 2011. He edited A Modernist Museum in Perspective: The East Building, National Gallery of Art (2009). He has also written The Struggle for Modernism: Architecture, Landscape Architecture and City Planning at Harvard. He is editor of Prairie Skyscraper; 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. 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 book reviews and essays on architecture and culture have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, The New Criterion, The Burlington Magazine, and American Art. 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, which also won the Vasari Award of the Dallas Museum of Art, and numerous articles. 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. He curated “Prairie Skyscraper” at Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and the exhibition "Wright's Wasmuth Folios: Representing the Ideal," at the Ross Gallery, Columbia University. He selected the drawings for the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright a Fiesole: cento anni dopo, 1910-2010.
In 2006, Dr. Alofsin received the Wright Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. The award honors an individual who, through artistic, architectural, scholarly, professional or other endeavors embodies the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright. The highest honor given by the Conservancy, it comes in recognition Dr. Alofsin’s significant contributions to the study of Frank Lloyd Wright as a scholar, educator, author and curator, and his work Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence, which has created an invaluable reference tool for Wright scholars and researchers the world over.
Dr. Alofsin founded the Ph.D. program in architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and served as Director of the Ph.D. and MA degree programs in architectural history in the School of Architecture twice. He teaches a wide range of courses—both large lectures and seminars--for both undergraduate and graduate students, and provides interdisciplinary oversight for advanced students in art history. From 1990-1993, he was director of the Center for American Architecture and Design. In 2003-2004 he was Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Galley of Art, Washington, DC. In 2007 he was a Fellow of the Bogliasco Foundation and in residence at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and the Humanities. He has been name a three-time Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, the oldest artists’ colony in the US, and was a Visiting Scholar/Artist at the American Academy at Rome. He has been Visiting Scholar at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; Visiting Fellow, Harvard Graduates School of Design; and Fellow at the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften in Vienna where he explored issues of cultural identity in Central Europe. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and at resident researcher at the Helen Riaboff Whiteley Center, Friday Harbor, Washington. He is a member of the International Association of Art Critics.
A registered architect, Dr. Alofsin maintains an architectural practice in Austin, Texas. His designs have been extensively published, and his Model Condominium in Austin was featured in the AIA Homes Tour. His projects include residences for private clients in New Mexico, Texas, and New York.
- Ph.D., Columbia University, 1987
- M.Phil., Columbia University, 1983
- M.Arch., Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1981
- B.A., Harvard University, 1971 Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors
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