Danilo Udovicki

Associate Professor

Dr. Danilo Udovički-Selb, holds a Doctoral Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a Master's in Philosophy from Boston College, including a Professional degree in Architecture and Planning from the University of Belgrade.

He joined the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 where he has been teaching History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Architecture studios. He specializes in Twentieth-Century French and Soviet architecture, as well as in Italian Architecture from 1400-1600.  His most recent book Soviet Architectural Avant-Gardes: Architecture and Stalin's Revolution from Above:1928-1940 (Bloomsbury), 2020, benefitted from a Graham Foundation award and from a Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts (CASVA) of the National Gallery of Art.

A 2005 UT Vice President for Research Grant helped the search and discovery--in the Northern Caucasus, of the all but forgotten 1938 masterpiece by Moisej Ginzburg, leader of the Soviet Constructivist movement--a centerpiece of the Bloomsbury monograph, now also published in paperback  (Since January 2022). He is currently writing a book on Brunelleschi and his Dome in Florence (Bloomsbury): "Between French Renascence and Florentine Renaissance: A Transalpine Scientia at Brunelleschi's Dome."  In 2011, on the occasion of the Ninetieth Anniversary of the Soviet Avant-Garde School--the VKHUTEMAS-- ("The Soviet Bauhaus"), he was invited to join the International Committee for the Preservation of the School's Legacy.
 

Since 2002 he has been the United States special correspondent / architectural critique for the Giornale dell’Architettura published in Turin, Italy.

EDUCATION

  • Professional Degree in Architecture, University of Belgrade
  • M.Arch. & Urban Design, University of Belgrade
  • M.A. Philosophy, Boston College
  • Ph.D. History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture, M.I.T

BOOKS

Udovički, Danilo (2020). Soviet Architectural Avant-Gardes: Architecture and Stalin’s Revolution from Above, 1928-1940 (London: Bloomsbury). Second, paperback edition, January 2022.   

Udovički, Danilo (2015) Narkomfin: Moisej J. Ginzburg, Ignatij F. Milinis, edited Danilo Udovički-Selb (Austin-Berlin: O’Neil Ford & Ernst Wasmuth Verlag).

Udovički, Danilo (2009) Series monograph The Evolution of Soviet Architectural Culture Under Stalin’s ‘Cultural Revolution,' 1928-1932 (Trondheim: University of Norway at Trondheim),

Udovički, Danilo (2022) Juni 1968: Od kritike svega postojećeg, do uništenja svega postignutog (June 1968: From the Critique of Everything Existing, to the Destruction of Everything Achieved), with an Introduction by Dr. Svetlana Slapšak Kojić (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Third expanded edition, (Novi Sad: Kiša), 2022.

BOOK CHAPTERS

Udovički, Danilo (2021) "Between the “Retour à l’ordre” and the 'Neues Architektur": The Vicissitudes of the 1937 Paris International Exposition," in For Mary Festschrift to Mary McLeod, ed. Joan Ockman (New York: Columbia University Press), 201-222.

Udovički, Danilo (2019) "The End of World Expositions' Controlling Style: Jacques Gréber, Planner of the 1937 Paris International Exposition" in  Exposições Internacionais Entre o Jardim e a Paisagem Urbana: Do Palácio de Cristal do Porto (1865) à Exposição de Paris (1937) (Porto: Fundação Seralves),197-217

Udovički, Danilo (2019) “Between Vanguard and Establishment: Boris Iofan’s Two ‘World Pavilions,’ Paris1937 and New York 1939,” in A History of Russian Exposition and Festival Architecture: 1700-2014 (Rutledge: Abingdon-on-Thames), 168-187

Udovički, Danilo (2015) “L'Exposition de 1937 n' aura pas lieu:" The Invention of the Paris International Exposition and the Soviet and German Pavilions," in Architecture of Great Expositions (Ashgate: London), 217- 268.

Udovički, Danilo (2015) "The Last Public Defense of  Modernism: The Lenin Library Competition," Monograph in memoriam of architectural historian Selim Khan-Magomedov, Хан-Магомедовские Чтения (Moscow- Saint Petersburg: Kolo), 153-175.

 Udovički, Danilo (2013) “Sur les routes des Balkans: Genèse des «Cinque Points de l’Architecture»? in L’Invention d’un Architecte, Le Corbusier et le « Voyage en Orient (Paris: Fondation Le Corbusier), 57-77.

Udovički, Danilo (2011) "The VHUTEIN and the Call to the Party to Defend Modern Architecture” in Пространство ВХУТЕМАС:Традиция, Наследие, Новации (The VHUTEMAS Space: Tradition, Legacy, Innovation) Conference proceedings on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the founding of the Vhutemas, 150-167.

Udovički, Danilo (2007) “In Stalin's Shadow: The Swan’s Song of Moisej Ginzburg at Kislovodsk” in The Architecture of Hospitals (Groningen University Press), 37-57.

Udovički, Danilo (2008) "Les Constructivistes face à Staline: Sanatoriums méconnus des Années Trente de Moscou au Caucase," in Les Hôpitaux Modernes: Survie et restauration (Paris: Cité de l'Architecture / Palais de Chaillot /DOCOMOMO International), 50-58

Udovički, Danilo (2007) “Les Engagements de Charlotte Perriand pour L’Exposition de 1937:  Le Corbusier, Les Jeunes ’37, Le Front Populaire" Lead entry in exhibition catalogue on Charlotte Perriand (Paris: Centre Pompidou), 42-61

Udovički, Danilo (2004), ’C'était dans l'air du temps”: Charlotte Perriand and the Popular Front,” in Charlotte Perriand: An Art of Living. Ed. Mary McLeod, (New York:  Abrams), 2004.

Udovički, Danilo (2000), "Fitting out the Logis, Fitting out the City: Le Corbusier’s 1937 ‘International Laboratory of the Dwelling,’ at the International Exhibition of 1937 in Paris.” in Infrastructures Villes et Territoires, (Paris: L'Harmattan), 40-50.

ESSAYS 

Udovički, Danilo (2015) “Reinventing Paris: The Competitions for the 1937 International Exposition in Paris” in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 74,  Issue 2 (June 2015), 179-200.

Udovički, Danilo (2012) "Facing Hitler's Pavilion: The Uses of Modernity in the Soviet Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Expo” in Journal of Contemporary History, Special issue Vol. 47, issue 1, 15-47.

Udovički, Danilo "Between Modernism and Socialist Realism: Soviet Architectural Culture Under Stalin’s ‘Revolution from Above,' 1928-1930.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 68, N0 4 2009, December 2009.            

Udovički, Danilo (2010) 90th anniversary of the VHUTEMAS -VHUTEIN (Moscow: MARHI).  “Arhitektura i Ideologija” in Republika: Journal for Civic Self-Liberation, Belgrade, January 2017            

Udovički, Danilo (2001), “Elusive Faces of Modernity: Jacques Gréber and the Planning of the 1937 Paris  World Fair,” in Special Issue Urban History Review / Revue d’Histoire Urbaine, Canada vol. XXIX, No. 2 (March 2001), 20-35.  Udovički, Danilo (2002-2014)               

Udovički, Danilo 34 essays in Architectural Criticism in Il Giornale dell' Architettura Torino, Italy

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AREAS OF INTEREST
  • Twentieth-Century French and Soviet Modern Architecture
  • Italian Architecture, 1400-1600
COURSES TAUGHT

History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture

Architecture and Revolution: Soviet Art, Architecture and Film

Brunelleschi's Secret: The Source of his Knowledge

Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand

History of Architecture Theory

Urban History of Paris

History of Social Housing in France

Advanced Architecture Theory

Architecture Studios

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