Valeria Casali, Giovanna M. Bassi Cendra, Frida Grahn, Ana Ozaki, María Catalina Venegas Rabá, and Sarah Wheat
2022–2023 Lecture Series: Engaging Pluralism, Spring Edition
Apr. 29, 2023
9:30am to 5:00pm
MD Anderson Hall, Farish Gallery

In the recent past, reference frames in architectural history have shifted and with them, the discipline’s approaches and modes of practice have been transforming. In a world challenged by rapidly changing  political boundaries and national identities and shifting scales of globalization, this  colloquium brings together new research  in architectural history (in its broadest sense and definition), which is based on an understanding of the Atlantic Basin as a connector of four continents and cultural spheres, rather than a separating body of water. The interest of this colloquium lies  in an approach that focuses on cultural  exchange and sheds light to the transformation of ideas, models, and cultural  attitudes along their transatlantic crossings and that will allow us to highlight the impact of political, economic, social, and cultural transformations on architectural discourse and the built environment. 

With the ambition to address and further strengthen the position of architectural history as an amalgamating force within  humanistic research across different schools and departments at Rice University, this one-day colloquium offers an international group of doctoral students a forum to  present new research in the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, and design.   

This inaugural dissertation colloquium, organized by Associate Professor Reto Geiser, will be held in Farish Gallery, MD Anderson Hall, Rice University.
The event is free and open to the public..




Sarah Wheat (University of Michigan, Department of the History of Art)
The Orient at Home: Political Uses of Orientalist Interiors by Nineteenth-Century Women Writers in Europe and
the United States

Respondent: Moritz Gleich, Director, gta Verlag, ETH Zurich


Ana Gisele Ozaki (Cornell University, Department of Architecture, Princeton Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities)

Brazilian Atlantic  Plantation Legacies: The Case of Afro-Brazilian Architects in Lagos

Respondent: Igor Marjanović, Dean, School of Architecture, Rice University


María Catalina Venegas Rabá (University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture)
The Architecture Exhibitions of the Panamerican Congresses of Architects, 1947–1955 

Respondent: Shantel Blakely, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Rice University


Giovanna M. Bassi Cendra (Rice University, Department of Art History)
Industrializing Extractivism: The Techno-Scientific Complex of the University-City of Concepción, Chile, 1952–1968

Respondent: Esra Akcan, Professor, Department of Architecture, Cornell University


Valeria Casali (Politectnico di Torino, Department of Architecture and Design)
In Between Clichés and Stereotypes: Ada Louise Huxtable’s Representation of the Postwar Italian Architect

Respondent: Reto Geiser, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Rice University


Frida Grahn (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Accademia di architettura)
Pop Art and Architecture The Exhibition “Venturi and Rauch,” Zurich 1979

Respondent: Scott Colman, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Rice University



This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund; the William B. Coleman Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture; and the Wm. W. Caudill Lecture Series Fund. Rice Design Alliance (RDA) programming is made possible by the generous support of its members and underwriters: Harvey | Harvey Cleary, Lovett/Inwood Homes, Page, Anslow Bryant Construction, Elliott Electric/Eaton, Gensler, KenMor Electric Co., MAREK, Scott and Judy Nyquist, Tellepsen, Turner Construction Company, Walter P Moore, Wholesale Electric | ABB, and W.S. Bellows Construction Corporation.


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