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 book, Bridges (2007), a volume in the Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design and Engineering, surveys the history of bridge design in the United States. His book, The Place Royale and Urban Design in the Ancien Regime (Cambridge University Press, 1999), examines the public squares in France designed to honor kings Louis XIV and Louis XV. Another book and an exhibition, Merchant Prince and Master Builder: Edgar J. Kaufmann and Frank Lloyd Wright (Carnegie Museum of Art and University of Washington Press, 1999), investigates the Kaufmann family's long association with the architect, which produced 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 architecture commissioned, designed, or built by French missionaries in Texas in the 19th century.
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.
- B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975
- M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1977
- Ph.D., Columbia University, 1986