Alofsin, Anthony 1949-
ALOFSIN, Anthony 1949-
PERSONAL: Born 1949, in Memphis, TN; married Patricia Tierney (a policy analyst and energy expert), June 5, 1993. Education: Harvard University, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1971, M.Arch. (with distinction), 1981; Columbia University, M.Phil., 1983, Ph.D., 1987.
ADDRESSES: Home—110 W. 33rd St., Austin, TX 78705. Office—School of Architecture, WMB4 102B, Goldsmith Hall, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: University of Texas at Austin, professor of art and art history, 1987—, Sid Richardson Centennial Teaching Fellow, 1987-91, Sid Richardson Centennial Professor, 1991-97, Martin S. Kermacy Centennial Professor, 1998-99, Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor, 1999—. Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna, Austria), guest professor, 1989-90. Designer and exhibition curator. Lecturer at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Featured author at Texas Book Festival, 1999.
MEMBER: American Institute of Architects, College Art Association, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservatory, Historians of German and Central European Art and Architecture, Society of Architectural Historians, Society of Historians of East European and Russian Art and Architecture, United States International Council on Monuments and Sites.
AWARDS, HONORS: Vasari Award, Dallas Museum of Art, 1989; Fulbright Professorship for Research and Lectures; International Architecture Book Award, American Institute of Architects, 1993, for Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910-1922; winner in monograph category, International Architecture Book Awards, American Institution of Architects, 1994; Faculty Research Award, University Research Institute; fellow, International Research Center for Cultural Sciences (Vienna, Austria), 1995; Mike Hogg Scholars Grant, 2000-01; Outstanding Scholarship Award, University of Texas—Austin School of Architecture, 2000-01; Alisa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, 2003-04.
(With John P. Conron) Socorro: A Historic Survey, University of New Mexico Press (Albuquerque, NM), 1980.
(Editor and author of introduction) Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence, Garland Publishing (New York, NY), 1988.
(Editor) Center: Modernist Visions and the Contemporary American City, Rizzoli (New York, NY), 1989.
(Coauthor) Center: The Final Decade: Architectural Issues for the 1990s and Beyond, Rizzoli (New York, NY), 1992.
Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910-1922, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1993.
(Editor and contributor) Center 8: Social Life, Buildings, and the Spaces between Them, Center for American Architecture and Design (Austin, TX), 1993.
(Editor) Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1999.
The Struggle for Modernism: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning at Harvard, Norton (New York, NY), 2002.
Contributor to books, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect, Abrams (New York, NY), 1994; The History of History in American Schools of Architecture, 1865-1975, Princeton Architectural Press (Princeton, NJ), 1990; and Shifting Boundaries of the Real: Making the Invisible Visible, edited by Helga Nowotny and Martina Weiss, VDF Hochschulverlag (Zurich, Switzerland) 2000. Contributor of articles and reviews to art and architecture journals, including Times Literary Supplement, Platform, Studies in the Decorative Arts, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and L'Architettura cronache e storia.
WORK IN PROGRESS: A book on central European architecture from 1868 to 1933, for the University of Chicago Press.
SIDELIGHTS: Anthony Alofsin has written, edited, and contributed to many books about the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, including Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence, Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910-1922, and Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond. The essays in Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond, edited by Alofsin, were deemed "groundbreaking" by Library Journal contributor David Soltesz. Nine scholars, called "international experts" by Soltesz, throw light on Wright's considerable influence on architectural trends outside of the United States, especially in Europe, South America, Iraq, and Japan.
Alofsin's immersion in the world of Frank Lloyd Wright even led him to take the legendary architect's work as the starting point for his own home design. Reed Kroloff, a writer for Architecture, mused that while Alofsin's home in Austin, Texas, does not have an obvious echo of Wright's style, on closer examination one can see the great architect's influence in the design. "The plan is rich with subtle shifts and alignments, an homage to Wright's mastery of symmetry and asymmetry," noted Kroloff. He also observed that it owes much to Wright in the way it defines "height and volume with familiar pitched and hipped forms." Pointing out the Japanese restraint and influences from other cultures as well, Kroloff concluded: "Rome, Asia, and the American heartland are all at play in this house. It is in the seemingly effortless amalgamation of the three that Alofsin comes closest to Wright's distinctive and inclusive spirit."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Architecture, December, 1996, Reed Kroloff, "Building on Wright," p. 82.
Globe and Mail (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), February 26, 1994.
Journal of Architectural Education, winter, 1990, p. 54.
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Volume 48, number 3, 1989, p. 200.
Library Journal, February 15, 2000, David Soltesz, review of Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond, p. 156.
London Review of Books, April 7, 1994.
New York Review of Books, January 13, 1994, Martin Filler, review of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910-1922, p. 28.
New York Times Book Review, February 20, 1994, D. J. R. Bruckner, review of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910-1922, p. 20.
Times Literary Supplement, May 16, 1994, Joseph Ryckwert, "Towards a Well-Distributed World," review of Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years, 1910-1922, pp. 16-17; November, 2002, Jules Lubbock, "No Place Like Home," review of The Struggle for Modernism: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and City Planning at Harvard, pp. 8-9.
Urban Explorer, April, 1994, p. 9.
Wilson Quarterly, spring, 1994, p. 36.