The biennial Dissertation Colloquium brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. 

The Buell Conference on the History of Architecture brings together scholars in architectural and urban history to discuss topics in architecture, urbanism, and modernity as broadly understood.

September 28, 2017 and September 29, 2017

Museum of Modern Art, MoMA and Lenfest Center for the Arts

The question of how to live in America preoccupied many architects and planners—from Frank Lloyd Wright to the consortium behind Harlem’s first public housing proposals—in the mid-twentieth century. This symposium gathered housing scholars for a conversation that bridged what might otherwise seem like disparate realms of inquiry in order to reassess received histories and to provoke new questions about how we live in America, together, today.


September 28, Museum of Modern Art
Titus Theater 2, 11 West 53rd Street
6pm, Viewing of Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive
7-8:30pm, "Where was Jim Crow? Living in Wright's America."
Symposium Keynote Presentation, Dianne Harris, University of Utah
Please register before September 25 to [email protected].

September 29, Lantern at Columbia University’s Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street (West of Broadway)

Session 1:
Shiben Banerji, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, "The Meander and the Grid: At the Edge of American Urbanization" 
Jennifer Hock, Maryland Institute College of Art, "The Airtight Cage and the Affluent Society: Race and Place at Midcentury" 

Session 2:
Joseph M. Watson, University of British Columbia, "The Farmer in the Rearview Mirror: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Agrarianism" 
Jana Cephas, University of Michigan, "Design and Social Movements: Architects, Activists, and the Modernist Discourse on Affordable Housing"

Session 3:
Kevin McGruder, Antioch College, "Living Separately: Managing Racial Residential Segregation through Public Housing at Harlem River Houses"
Catherine Maumi, Grenoble School of Architecture, "Broadacre City Versus the 'Slum Solution'" 

Session 4:
Brian Goldstein, Swarthmore College, "Landscapes of Control: Harlem’s Black Power Urbanism in the Suburban Age"
Jennifer Gray, Museum of Modern Art, New York, "Liminal Spaces: Resisting the Laissez-Faire Metropolis"  

Please register at

Presented in association with the exhibition, Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem & Modern Housing, which was curated by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), and was co-presented by the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, in correlation with Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York through October 1, 2017. Columbia's School of the Arts is an additional sponsor for the symposium.        

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