Anthony M. Alofsin, AIA, Ph.D.
Anthony Alofsin is a writer, architect, artist, art historian, and professor. He publishes essays internationally and has written several books. His book reviews and essays appear in the Times Literary Supplement and The New Criterion. His recent book When Buildings Speak: Architecture as Language in the Habsburg Empire and its Aftermath, 1867-1933 (2006; paperback, ed, 2008; German edition, 2011) won the Vasari Award from the Dallas Museum of Art; He has written The Struggle for Modernism: Architecture, Landscape Architecture and City Planning at Harvard. His pioneering study, Frank Lloyd Wright: the Lost Years, 1910-1922, is acknowledged to be one of the most important books on Wright in the last forty years; the book was a winner in the monograph category in the American Institute of Architects International Book Awards. Dr. Alofsin's other publications include the five-volume reference work, Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence, which also won the Vasari Award of the Dallas Museum of Art. He is editor of The East Building in Perspective (in press, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.); Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower; and Frank Lloyd Wright: Europe and Beyond. He has written a new introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe, which appeared in English, German, and Italian editions, and the introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright's Fifty Views of Japan: The 1905 Photograph Album.
Dr. Alofsin’s first work of fiction, Halflife, a novella, was published by InnerformsLtd.com in January, 2009. He has also curated and planned numerous exhibitions. From 1992-1996 he originated and directed the research project "A Tense Alliance: Architecture in the Habsburg Lands, 1893-1928," an international collaboration among scholars in North America and Central Europe who conducted original field research on modernism and nationalism throughout the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was consulting curator for the major retrospective Frank Lloyd Wright, Architect at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He curated Prairie Skyscraper on Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Wright's Wasmuth Folios: Representing the Ideal at the Ross Gallery, Columbia University.
He lectures nationally and internationally on modern architecture. He is internationally recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and as an expert on modern architecture. In 2006, Dr. Alofsin received the Wright Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. The award honors an individual who, through artistic, architectural, scholarly, professional or other endeavors embodies the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright. The highest honor given by the Conservancy, it comes in recognition Dr. Alofsin’s significant contributions to the study of Frank Lloyd Wright as a scholar, educator, author and curator, and his work Frank Lloyd Wright: An Index to the Taliesin Correspondence, which has created an invaluable reference tool for Wright scholars and researchers the world over.
A registered architect, Dr. Alofsin maintains an architectural practice in Austin, Texas. His buildings have been extensively published, and his Model Condominium was exhibited on the 2008 annual AIA Homes Tour in Austin. The scope of his work includes projects for private clients in Texas, New Mexico, and New York.
Positions, education, and honors
- Roland Gommel Roessner Centennial Professor in Architecture
- Professor of Art and Art History
- University of Texas at Austin
- Columbia University, Ph.D., Art History and Archeology, 1987
- Columbia University, M.Phil.,1983
- Harvard Graduate School of Design, M.Arch., 1981
- Harvard College, B.A., Magna cum Laude with Highest Honors, , 1971
- Phillips Academy, Andover, 1963-1967
- Whiteley Center Scholar, Friday Harbor, Washington.
- Fellow, Bolgiasco Foundation, Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities.
- Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, National Galley of Art, Washington, D.C.
- Fellow, MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire.
- Fellow, the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna.
- Visiting Scholar/Artist at the American Academy at Rome.
- Visiting Scholar, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
- Visiting Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design.
- Fulbright Scholar, the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna.