SAF Presentation: "Victor Lundy's Library of Congress Archives" by Christopher Wilson, PhD

  • Thursday, October 05, 2017
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234
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As part of his research for writing the Sarasota chapter in a forthcoming monograph on the life and work of Sarasota School architect Victor Lundy, FAIA, SAF Board Chair Christopher Wilson visited the Art and Architecture Archives at the Library of Congress, in Washington DC, in June 2016 and May 2017.

During his 2016 visit, Christopher investigated Lundy's architectural drawings, both free-hand and hard-line. During his 2017 visit, he investigated the so-called "brain-books" – Lundy's term for his sketchbooks that contained not only architectural sketches but also
meeting notes, personal thoughts, ramblings, shopping lists, structural calculations, ticket stubs and non-architectural sketches.

Wilson's presentation is an overview of what he discovered during his research trips. A look at Lundy's architectural drawings reveals the meticulous way in which the architect worked out how to construct his characteristically expressive architecture. Every curved roof beam,
cantilevered overhang and full-height glass wall is drawn out in painstaking detail to ensure that Lundy's vision became a reality. A look at Lundy's sketches, however, goes beyond the architecture and reveals Victor Lundy the person, his idiosyncrasies, and his method of designing a project and getting it built.

An audience Q & A will follow the lecture.

Photo shown: Galloways Furniture Building, 1959, Victor Lundy, FAIA

Ringling College of Art + Design
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
2363 Old Bradenton Road
Sarasota FL 34234

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Christopher Wilson, BArch, MA, PhD
Dr. Christopher S. Wilson teaches architecture and design history at Ringling College of Art and Design. He has been a board member of the Sarasota Architectural Foundation since 2012.

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Temple University, a Master of Arts degree from The Architectural Association, London, England, and a Ph.D. from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Before entering the world of academia, Wilson worked as an architect in Philadelphia, Berlin, and London, and is registered with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

His most recent book, Beyond Anitkabir: The Construction and Maintenance of National Memory (Ashgate Press, 2013), narrates the story of the five architectural constructions that have housed the dead body of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey. Wilson is currently writing the Sarasota chapter in a monograph on the life and work of Sarasota School architect Victor Lundy, to be published by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2018.

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