School of Architecture

david dillon symposium speaker bios

Robert Bruegmann is critic and historian of architecture and urban development.  He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Sprawl:  A Compact History, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005.  Called “controversial and gleefully contrarian” by Kevin Nance of the Chicago Tribune, Sprawl takes a long look at patterns of city growth and places the current debates about sprawl in a broad historical context.  Previous books include Modernism at Mid-Century: The Architecture of the United States Air Force Academy (University of Chicago Press, 1995) and the award-winning volume The Architects and the City: Holabird & Roche of Chicago 1880-1918 (University of Chicago Press, 1997).  He is also a frequent lecturer, contributor to magazines and blogs and guest on radio and television shows.  He is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught between 1977 and 2009. 

Mark Lamster is an architecture and design critic and is a contributing editor for Design Observer.  He is currently at work on a new biography of Philip Johnson, to be published by Little Brown, and his articles regularly appear in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal.  His previous books include a political biography of the painter Peter Paul Rubens, Master of Shadows and Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe - And Made It America's Game

Diana Lind is executive director and editor in chief of Next City, a non-profit media organization that spreads ideas about how to improve cities. Next City publishes a weekly series of longform, investigative pieces called Forefront, and a blog about rapidly urbanization called Informal City Dialogues, among other projects. Prior to joining Next City in 2008, she was a freelance writer whose work appeared in Architectural Record. She authored the book Brooklyn Modern: Architecture, Interiors & Design, which was published by Rizzoli in 2008. Her work has been profiled by the New York Times, Fast Company, Monocle Magazine, NPR and others. 

Paula Lupkin is an architectural historian and professor of art history at the University of North Texas. Her interdisciplinary work focuses on the spatial production of modernity under capitalism, investigating its impact on the built environment.  Her first book was Manhood Factories: YMCA Architecture and the Making of Modern Urban Culture (Minnesota, 2010) a fascinating look inside how institutions like the YMCA helped shaped American cities. She is currently a fellow at the Clements Center for Southwestern Studies at Southern Methodist University where her current projects include research on architectural regionalism and the cultural landscape of beer. 

Jonathan Massey is an architect and historian and Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence at Syracuse University.  His research shows how architecture forms civil society, shapes social relationships, and regulates consumption. Massey’s publications include essays on the impact of social media in cities, showing how Occupy Wall Street participants “navigated a hypercity built of granite and asphalt, algorithms and information.”  Other essays have focused on Buckminster Fuller and Marcel Breuer as well as two books: Crystal and Arabesque (2009) and Governing by Design (2012), a volume on architecture, economy, and politics coauthored with other members of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative. 

Kate Holliday is Director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and teaches architectural history and theory at the University of Texas at Arlington.  She is the author of two books on New York architects Leopold Eidlitz and Ralph Walker, and is at work on a history of the national network of telephone buildings, a building type introduced by Eidlitz’s son Cyrus and perfected by Walker.  She also writes about Dallas and Fort Worth architecture, coordinating the DFW Hypercity project as well as investigations of the Water Garden and urban renewal in Fort Worth.