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, identity and memory.   Ongoing teaching projects include development of courses for the Ithaca Core Curriculum on the architectural expression of racial, class and gender identities (Reading Buildings, Architecture and Gender), the study of pre-industrial "green" building principles (Architecture Across Cultures), the incorporation of 3-D computer modeling in the study of Urban Design (Great Spaces), and the exploration of architecture's histories through the lens of literature.  My scholarship focuses on architecture in France and Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries; recent publication projects examine the legacy of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, the illustrated travel album as a medium of cultural exchange, and the 19th century transformation of Paris.  Earlier work explored the theoretical writings of 19th century French architect Viollet-le-Duc and the architectural impacts of the French Revolution.  

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: Architecture and Gender
  • Seminar: Architecture in the Contact Zone
  • Tutorial: Foundational Texts in Architecture
  • Tutorial: Architects Write
  • Art and Politics in Paris: Reading Power in Space and Image (team-taught w/J. Germann)
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