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Kate Holliday

Kate Holliday

Director, David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture

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

Kathryn (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. Her most recent project is The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture, a collection of essays by the late architecture critic that delves into issues of downtown redevelopment, urban sprawl, planning, and historic preservation in Texas cities in the age of postmodernism; it will be released in May 2019 by the University of Texas Press. Her two prior books are Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age (W. W. Norton, 2008, winner of annual book awards from the Victorian Society’s New York chapter and SESAH, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians) and Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012), monographs that explore the theory and practice of two influential but little-known New York architects. She has lectured widely on her work in public venues like the 92nd Street Y and the Skyscraper Museum in New York, as well as at universities and conferences from Havana to Zurich.
She is currently at work on several projects, including “Telephone City,” 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. Her current research on telephone buildings is featured in the short film "Urban Giants: The Telecom Palaces of Ralph Walker," which can be viewed on Vimeo here.
As founding director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, she established the annual Dillon Symposium, which brings together scholars and experts from across disciplines to discuss issues related to urban problems 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 and is growing to include neighborhood histories gathered by students and residents. The Dillon Center works as a partner on research and public programming with non-profits in the region including bcWorkshop, ADEX (formerly the Dallas Center for Architecture), Preservation Dallas, Historic Fort Worth, AIA Dallas, and AIA Fort Worth.
Dr. Holliday also serves on the editorial board for Columns magazine, the AIA Dallas quarterly publication and is a member of the Board of Directors for Historic Fort Worth, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the value of historic preservation. In the past, she served on the State Board of Review for the Texas Historical Commission's National Register programs between 2009 and 2015 was also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education. Her work has been supported by grants from the Hagley Library, the Nasher Foundation, the Rose Family Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.