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 a specialist in the history of architecture and urbanism (M.A and Ph.D. Cornell University; B.A. University of Maryland) my work centers on architecture's relationship to culture, place and memory.   Ongoing teaching projects include the study of pre-industrial "green" building principles (Architecture Across Cultures), incorporation of 3-D computer modeling in the study of Urban Design (Great Spaces), and development of a new course for the Ithaca Core Curriculum on the architectural expression of racial, class and gender identities (Reading Buildings).  My scholarship focuses on architecture in France and Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries; recent publication projects explore the illustrated travel album as a medium of cultural exchange and translation of French texts documenting the 19th century transformation of Paris.  When not teaching, researching or photographing buildings I might be found city strolling or nature-walking with my husband, a landscape architect, and our daughter.

Selected Courses

  • Architecture Across Cultures (ICC themes: Mind, Body and Spirit; Quest for a Sustainable Future)
  • Reading Buildings (ICC themes: Identities; Power and Justice)
  • Architecture from Renaissance to Revolution 
  • Great Spaces: An Introduction to Urban Design
  • Memorable Cities
  • 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)

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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