ConTEXTualizing Student Image Donations: Contributions to Scholarly Publication
Beginning in 2011, student recipients of School of Architecture Travel Awards began to work formally with the Visual Resources Collection (VRC) to donate a selection of the photographs that were taken while out in the field traveling the globe with financial support afforded them by the school. The resulting student donations have served to enrich and grow the school’s image collection—first established in the 1960s—which reflects its contributors’ research and teaching agendas over time.
Images in the VRC’s collection are used not only to support teaching and research but also illustrate printed scholarly output. José Carlos Garcia Montaño, Sophia Monahon, and Kristine Stiphany contributed images to the VRC that were selected for inclusion in Luis E. Carranza and Fernando Luiz Lara’s recently published book Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, and Utopia.
Addressing the monumental task of illustrating their comprehensive book on Latin America’s Modern Architecture, School of Architecture Associate Professor Fernando Lara states:
"It was a work of love: three years to write and review 900 pages of the manuscript, and a full year to gather permission to reproduce 300 illustrations. In that final task we had the fortune to rely on many people and organizations that allowed us to reproduce their images. The Visual Resources Collection at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture was one of those generous institutions that put their amazing collection of images at our disposal. The photos seen in this exhibition are the ones used in the book and we are happy to celebrate them."