Sylvia Lavin

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Sylvia Lavin
Visiting Professor, History and Theory of Architecture
B.A., Barnard College, Columbia University
M.A., Columbia University
M.Phil., Columbia University
Ph.D., Columbia University

Sylvia Lavin received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Columbia University in 1990 after having received fellowships from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. Her book Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture was published by the MIT Press in 1992. Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture was published by the MIT Press in 2005. Her most recent book, Kissing Architecture, was published by Princeton University Press in 2011 and  The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity, is forthcoming in 2012.  Ms. Lavin is an active curator of architecture and design: she has initiated a new series of architectural projects for the Hammer Museum, and has been a guest curator for the Canadian Center for Architecture and Ace Galleries in Los Angeles. She is currently the Director of the Critical Studies M.A. and Ph.D. program in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, where she was Chairperson from 1996 to 2006, and the Director of Hi-C, a collaborative design and research group that supports the critical engagement with experimental architecture in the public realm. Ms. Lavin is the recipient of a 2011 Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Recent Courses
ARC 577: Topics in Contemporary Architecture (Fall 2017)