Sylvia Lavin, Princeton University
Sylvia Lavin is a critic, curator, historian, and theorist whose work explores the limits of architecture across a wide spectrum of historical periods. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Columbia University and MIT Press published her 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. More recent books include Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernization Effects, Kissing Architecture, and Flash in the Pan.
Ms. Lavin is an active curator of architecture and design: “Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths” opened at the CCA in 2018 and Everything Loose Will Land: 1970s Art and Architecture in Los Angeles was shown at the MAK/Schindler House, the Graham Foundation and at the Yale School of Architecture. She is Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and was 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. Ms. Lavin is the recipient of an Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and is currently working on a book about trees.
The School of Architecture's 50th Anniversary Lecture Series celebrates the vision of the SoA during its 50-year history and into the future. Throughout the fall and spring semesters, renowned practitioners and scholars will explore historical developments in architecture since the School’s inception and examine current and future trends in the discipline as we consider the School's place in a continuously changing profession.
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