School of Architecture

kathryn holliday

Kathryn  Holliday

Associate Professor of Architecture

Office: ARCH 203, E-mail: kholliday@uta.edu, Phone: 817.272.2801

Research Profile

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
M.A. University of Texas at Austin
B.A. Williams College

Kate Holliday is an architectural historian and joined the UT Arlington faculty as assistant professor in Fall 2007. She teaches courses in modern architectural history and theory and has previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin and Southwestern University. Her background is in architecture and art history and environmental studies.

Dr. Holliday’s research focuses on American architecture and theory, particularly interactions with Europe. Her first book, Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age (W. W. Norton, 2008), which won the 2008 Book of the Year Award from the southeast chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, explores the theory and practice of America’s first Jewish architect. Eidlitz (b. Prague, 1823 – d. New York, 1908) was a founding member of the AIA in 1857, and quickly became a lightning rod in the world of New York architecture by writing and lecturing about his conception of an organic architecture based in German and English aesthetics. She is the author of several journal articles on architectural education and practice which have been published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, and the Russian journal pinakotheke. She has guest edited a forthcoming edition of Studies in the Decorative Arts (Spring-Summer 2009), published by the Bard Graduate Center entitled “Unraveling the Textile in Modern Architecture.”

Her current research is focused on the New York architect Ralph Walker (1889-1973) and his career-long attempt to define a theoretical position for American modernism based in his conception of a so-called “humanism.” She has given talks on Walker, on Eidlitz, on women in architecture, and on the architecture of New Orleans at numerous conferences and symposia, sponsored by the College Art Association, Society of Architectural Historians, the European Architectural History Network, and the Dallas Center for Architecture, amongst others.

Dr. Holliday also founded and directs the UT Arlington Oral History of Texas Architecture project. Through interviews with postwar practitioners, she is working to create an archive of primary material that will fuel research and a richer understanding of architectural production in Texas. Materials from the oral history project will be held by Special Collections at the UT Arlington Library. The first symposium associated with the project will be held at the Dallas Center for Architecture in late April 2009.

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