David Brownlee

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Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of 19th Century European Art
202 Jaffe Building
215/ 898-6201

David Brownlee is a historian of modern architecture whose interests embrace a wide range of subjects in Europe and America, from the late eighteenth century to the present.

Professor Brownlee has won numerous fellowships, and his work has earned three major publication prizes from the Society of Architectural Historians. He is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching.

After chairing the committees that proposed the reshaping of the University's undergraduate residences in 1997, he directed the implementation of a comprehensive system of College Houses and served as Director of the Office of College Houses and Academic Services for four years.

See Professor Brownlee’s lecture “The Fall and Rise of the World Trade Center,” given at the University Museum on the tenth anniversary of 9/11, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnLqLDFquUo


His recent books include Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture (with David G. De Long,1991, translated into four other languages), Making a Modern Classic: The Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997), Building America's First University: An Historical and Architectural Guide to the University of Pennsylvania (with George Thomas, 2000), Out of the Ordinary: Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates: Architecture, Urbanism, Design (with David De Long and Kathryn Hiesinger, 2001), and The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission (2012).

Courses Taught: 

History of Art 101 Introduction to Western Art, from 1400 to the Present (Spring 2013)

History of Art 281 Modern Architecture I (Fall 2009)

History of Art 282 Modern Architecture II (Fall 2012)

History of Art 283 The Modern City (Fall 2010)

History of Art 300 History of Art Methods: Architectural History and Theory (Fall 2010)

History of Art 301 Undergraduate Seminar: Frank Lloyd Wright (Spring 2013)

History of Art 581 Modern Architectural Theory (Fall 2012)

History of Art 781 Seminar in Nineteenth-century Architecture (2010 topic: Gothic Revival)

History of Art 782 Seminar in Twentieth-century Architecture (2011 topic: 20th-century Classicism)

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