The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

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Richard Cleary

Page Southerland Page Fellow in Architecture
Graduate Advisor, Architecture


SUT 4.122 | office
+1 512 471 6165 | phone
+1 512 471 0716 | fax

The University of Texas at Austin
School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive Stop B7500
Austin, TX 78712-1009


B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975
M.A., 1977
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1986

areas of interest

Architecture and Urban Design in Early Modern Europe; Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright; History of Building Technology; History of Architecture in Texas

Dr. Cleary joined the UT School of Architecture faculty in 1995. Previously, he taught in the Department of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University.

His research interests are multifold. His most recent books address the histories of the School of Architecture (editor,Traces and Trajectories: The University of Texas School of Architecture at 100, 2010) and the UT campus (written with Larry Speck, The University of Texas at Austin: Campus Guide, 2011). He also is the author of Bridges (2007), a volume in the Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design and Engineering, which surveys the history of bridge design in the United States; The Place Royale and Urban Design in the Ancien Régime (1999), examining the public squares in France designed to honor kings Louis XIV and Louis XV; and Merchant Prince and Master Builder: Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright (1999), on the Kaufmann family's commissions for which Fallingwater, one of the iconic works of the 20th century, and many unrealized projects for Pittsburgh and elsewhere. Dr. Cleary's current research projects include studies of Frank Lloyd Wright and building technology, for which he recently received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, and of 19th- and 20th-century architecture in Texas in the 19th.

Past work includes service as consulting architectural historian for the restoration of Kentuck Knob (I. N. Hagan house), designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and direction of a three-year architectural sculpture project on the facade of the College of Fine Arts Building at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

Before his career in architectural history, Dr. Cleary studied technical theater and worked with a number of dance and opera companies including the Stuttgart Ballet, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Twyla Tharp Dance Company, and the Opera Company of Boston. This experience formed the basis for his ongoing interest in the relationships among dance, music, and architecture.

Dr. Cleary received the University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011. His course offerings include World Architecture: Industrial Revolution to Present, Architectural Theory II, History of American Architecture, History of Building Technology, Cities and Landscapes in the 18 th Century, History of Campus Architecture and Planning, and Four Masters of Modernism: Le Corbusier, Picasso, Balanchine, and Stravinsky.