Lauren O'Connell

Professor, Department of Art History
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Honors Program

Specialty:History of Architecture and Urbanism
Phone:(607) 274-1377
Office:G118 Gannett Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

As Coordinator of the Architectural Studies B.A. and specialist in the history of architecture and urbanism my work centers on architecture's relationship to culture, place and memory.  My recent teaching projects include the study of pre-industrial "green" building principles (Architecture Across Cultures), the incorporation of 3-D computer modeling in a course on the history of Urban Design (Great Spaces), and the development of a custom iPad app for a short-term study abroad course (Art and Politics in Paris: Reading Power in Space and Image) developed with Professors Jennifer Germann of Art History and John Barr of Computer Science.  My scholarship focuses on architecture in France and Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries; recent publication projects explore, in these contexts, the illustrated architectural travel album as a medium of cultural exchange and the competing claims of history and contemporaneity in the urban setting.  When not teaching, researching or photographing buildings I might be found cooking, reading, swimming, or traveling with my husband, a landscape architect, and our 15 year-old daughter.

For images from Art and Politics in Paris and the Great Spaces SketchUp project, see my Photo Gallery (at left).

Selected Courses

  • Architecture Across Cultures
  • Great Spaces: An Introduction to Urban Design
  • Memorable Cities
  • Architecture from Renaissance to Revolution
  • Seminar: The Poetry of Architecture
  • Seminar: Architecture as Cultural Encounter
  • Tutorial: Foundational Texts in Architecture
  • Tutorial: Architects Write
  • Art and Politics in Paris: Reading Power in Space and Image (team-taught w/J. Germann)
  • Russian Art and Architecture (team-taught w/C. Kramer)

Research interests:

  • French and Russian architecture
  • Architect and theorist Viollet-le-Duc (1814-79)
  • Architecture as a medium of cultural encounter
  • Conceptualizations of architectural patrimony
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