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Architecture Arboretum: 1972-1974
A lecture from Sylvia Lavin
Curator; Professor, History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton University

Monday, November 4, 6:00pm
Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture

Sylvia Lavin is a Professor of History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Columbia University after having received fellowships from the Getty Center, the Kress Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Prior to her appointment at Princeton, Lavin was a Professor in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, where she was Chairperson from 1996 to 2006 and the Director of the Critical Studies M.A. and Ph.D. program from 2007 to 2017

The MIT Press published Lavin’s first books Quatremère de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture and Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture in 1992 and 2005. Her most recent books include, Kissing Architecture, published by Princeton University Press in 2011 and Flash in the Pan, an AA publication from 2015.

Lavin’s curatorial work includes: Everything Loose Will Land: Art and Architecture in Los Angeles in the 1970s, an exhibition supported by the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles, New Haven, and Chicago; Exhibition Models at Princeton University School of Architecture in 2018; Super Models at the 2018 Chicago Architecture Biennial; and Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernists Myths at the Canadian Center for Architecture in the Fall of 2018.

Lavin is the recipient of an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


This event is co-sponsored by the Humanities Council’s David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project.

Lecture made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lectures in Architecture and Urban Planning Fund. The School of Architecture, Princeton University, is registered with the AIA Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and is committed to developing quality learning activities in accordance with the AIA/CES criteria.

Photos of this and other Fall 2019 events can be found on our Princeton SoA Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/princetonsoa/albums

The lecture recording will be available on our Vimeo account following the event: https://vimeo.com/princetonsoa