Last updated December 1, 2014.
Public & Other Lectures

“Sketch to Structure,” organize and lead public drawing event, with architect Lorcan O'Herily, Carnegie Museum of Art, Mar. 2015.


“Erich Mendelsohn's 'Incessant Vision',” lecture to introduce film of the same title, Jewish Film Festival, Pittsburgh, Oct. 16, 2012.


“Expression in Architecture,” public lecture at Auroville, India, Feb. 2011.


“Ernst May and Tropical Modernism,” htc.Workshop, Wolfsonian Museum & Florida International University, Miami, Feb. 4, 2010.


“Towards an Expressionist Architecture,” invited lecture, for series “In Search of a Theory of Architecture,” HafenCity Universität Hamburg, 2008 (declined, and postponed to 2010).

“Breaking the Box: Wright and the Prairie Style,” lecture in subscription series: “Frank Lloyd Wright and Beyond,” Carnegie Museum of Art, 2005.

“Ornament and Abstraction: Wright’s Engagement with Modern Architecture,” lecture in subscription series: “Frank Lloyd Wright and Beyond, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2005.

“Lessons from the Destruction of German Cities in World War II,” contribution to Univ. of Pittsburgh, History Dept. symposium celebrating Gregor Thum’s Die fremde Stadt Breslau, 1945 (2004), 2005.

“Zwischen Amt und Kritik: Die Wirkungen von Walter Curt Behrendt auf die moderne Architektur,” (Between Office and Criticism: The Influence of Walter Curt Behrendt on Modern Architecture), solicited paper given at the symposium “Architektur und Assimilation. Die jüdischen Baumeister Berlins,” sponsored by Deutsche Forschungs Gesellschaft (DFG, German Research Council) at Freie Universität, Berlin, 2003.

“Aluminum: Just another Word in Otto Wagner’s Material Vocabulary?,” paper at Aluminum Symposium, part of “Jewelry to Jets: Aluminum in Modern Culture,” exhibit at Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, 2000.

“A View from the Academy: Critique of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture,” presentation at conference “When Past is Future: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Legacy Continues...,” Pittsburgh, 1999.


“Contextualizing Wright’s Pittsburgh Work: Fallingwater and the Point Park Projects,” two-part lecture series at Carnegie Museum of Art in association with exhibit “Merchant Prince and Master Builder,” Pittsburgh, PA, 1999.

“Vernacular in the Literature of Modern Architecture: the Legacy of the ‘Kulturarbeiten’,” paper at Univ. of Miami, School of Architecture conference “The Other Modern,” held at Villa Malaparte, Capri, Italy, 1998.


“Digital Tectonics: Robotic Fabrication: Lunchtime Discussion,” with Fabio Gramazio and Kostas Terzidis, CMU, Nov.  2009. 


“Manfredo Tafuri & Venice School,” guest lecture for course “Cultural History of Northern Italy,” for Francesca Torello, School of Architecture, CMU, 2008.


“Expressionism, Criticism and Modern Architecture: the case of ‘Bauen’,” faculty colloquium lunchtime lecture, CMU, 2008.


"Spatial Architectonics: Early 20th-century Modern Architecture," guest lecture for course "Modern Visual Culture," taught by Heather Passanti, School of Art, CMU, 2007.


“Fallingwater as Research & Teaching Resource,” lecture to Highlands Circle of CMU Alumni, Fallingwater, 2005.


“Restoring Homeland Identity” guest lecture in "1920s & 1930s Multi-disciplinary Course," for Franco Scianameo, Dept. of Music, and Diane Shaw, Dept. of Architecture, CMU, 2002.


“Style & Architecture,” guest lecture for course “Advanced Building Systems,” Volker Hartkopf, Dept. of Architecture, CMU, 2002.


“Frank Lloyd Wright & 20 th -century Architecture,” lecture for Academy of Life-Long Learning (ALL), CMU, Pittsburgh, 2000.  


“Rhythm and Architecture” guest lecture for course ”Rhythm”,for Annabelle Joseph, Dept. of Music, CMU, 1999.


“Current Trends: Architecture as a Response to Social and Cultural Factors,” lecture at Washington State University Dept. of Architecture, 1996.


“A Nationalist Fight for Neues Bauen : the Criticism of W.C. Behrendt,” guest lecture for seminar on “Literature of Architecture,” for Jean Louis Cohen, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1995.


“The Politics Behind Place: Heimat -styles -- the Dark Side of Regionalism,” guest lecture for seminar on “Modern Regionalisms,” for Daniel Solomon,   Dept. of Architecture, Univ. of California at Berkeley, 1993.