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Kate Holliday

Kate Holliday

Director, David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture
Associate Professor

School of Architecture

Office: CAPPA 416, E-mail:, Phone: 817.272.2801

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

Kate Holliday is an architectural historian whose research and teaching focuses on the built environment in American cities. Her background is in architecture, art history, and environmental studies and she brings this interdisciplinary approach to the classroom and to her writing. Since joining UTA in fall of 2007 she has published two books, Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age (W. W. Norton, 2008), which won two book awards, and Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012). Her scholarly articles on topics ranging from urban history in New Orleans to the sources for American architecture education have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Urban Design, Studies in the Decorative Arts, and others, and she is a contributor to the new edition of the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. She has lectured widely on her work in public venues like the 92nd Street Y and the Skyscraper Museum in New York and the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth, as well as at universities and academic conferences.

She is currently at work on several projects, including a history of telephone buildings since the invention of commercial telephone service by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 and an examination of the postwar boom in architecture in the suburban landscape of Dallas and Fort Worth in the 1960s and 1970s.

As Director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, founded in 2011 to enable the school to participate in the public dialogue about architecture and design, she coordinates a yearly symposium and directs student research projects documenting the history of urban growth in north Texas. The Center's growing Oral History of Texas Architecture Project serves as a repository for the memory of the design profession in the region. Through the Dillon Center, Dr. Holliday participates in architecture events through partnerships with organizations like the Dallas Center for Architecture, the Dallas Architecture Forum, and Preservation Dallas.

For articles and video, please visit her faculty blog.