Harry Mallgrave Inducted into Royal Institute of British Architects
British architect Niall McLaughlin cited Mallgrave’s translation and critical introduction of Gottfried Semper’s Style as having popularized one of the most significant works of architectural theory of the nineteenth century.
“Professor Mallgrave’s thinking on architectural history as well as contemporary theory is pointing us away from looking at buildings as objects and toward an experience of architecture,” said McLaughlin. See his full introduction and Mallgrave’s acceptance speech here.
Swiss architect Peter Zumthor was also given the RIBA Gold Medal at the prestigious affair.
Harry Francis Mallgrave is an architect, scholar, editor, and professor of history and theory at Illinois Institute of Technology. After several years in architectural practice, he took his doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 under the supervision of Stanford Anderson. His dissertation topic -The Idea of Style: Gottfried Semper in London -presaged his focus on German theory in his early career. This phase of his work culminated in the intellectual biography Gottfried Semper: Architect of the Nineteenth Century, which won the prestigious Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the American Society of Architectural Historians.
He has written numerous books and articles on the history and theory of architecture including: Modern Architectural Theory: A Historical Survey, 1673-1968, and An Introduction to Architectural Theory: 1968 to the Present. In recent years Mallgrave’s interests have broadened, as indicated by his book The Architect’s Brain: Neuroscience, Creativity, and Architecture. He has more recently followed up on this study with Architecture and Embodiment: The Implications of the New Sciences and Humanities for Design, to be published in 2013. It appeals to the emotional process of embodied simulation, rejects overly conceptualized approaches to theory and the objectification of design (viewing buildings as objects), and argues for a return to the focus of design to where it formerly resided–the human experience of inhabiting the world.