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Richard Guy Wilson to present lecture on Thomas Jefferson and Virginia Architecture Nov. 2

Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia

10/19/2011 1:57:14 PM


LYNCHBURG—Richard Guy Wilson will present “Thomas Jefferson and the Making of Virginia Architecture” Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

The free and open lecture will be held in room 537 of Randolph’s Leggett Building.

Wilson holds the Commonwealth Professor’s Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Architectural history.

A graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Michigan, Wilson has received a number of academic honors, among them a Guggenheim fellow, prizes for distinguished writing, and in 1986 he was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He received the outstanding professor award at the University of Virginia in 2001. He has directed the Victorian Society’s Nineteenth Century Summer School since 1979 that has been located in Boston, Philadelphia and currently Newport, RI. He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS, C-Span, History channel and A&E; he appeared on most sixty-seven segments of America’s Castles. IN 2007 he was the Thomas Jefferson fellow at Downing College, Cambridge University.

A frequent lecturer for universities, museums and professional groups, he has also published widely with articles and reviews to his credit. He is the author, joint author and/or editor of 16 books that deal with American and modern architecture. Among the most recent include books on Thomas Jefferson’s design of the University of Virginia, a contribution to the recent book on RM Schindler (2001), principle author and editor of the Society of Architectural Historians book, Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont (2002), The Colonial Revival House (2004), and Harbor Hill Portrait of a House (2008).

Wilson has been the curator and author for major museum exhibitions such as The American Renaissance, 1876-1917, The Art that is Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America, The Machine Age in America, 1918-1941, The Making of Virginia Architecture, and two exhibits on Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village. His specialty is the architecture, design and art of the 18th to the 20th century in America and abroad.

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