Keynote Lecture: Mark Gelernter

REFLECTIONS ON THE MODERNIST ARGUMENTS AGAINST TRADITION
25 May 2012, 15:00 PM
MSFAU SEDAD HAKKI ELDEM AUDITORIUM
 
 
Dr. Mark Gelernter
Dean and Professor of Architecture
College of Architecture and Planning
University of Colorado Denver, USA
 
Dr. Gelernter received a Bachelor of Architecture from Montana State University in 1974, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of London in 1981. He was a Lecturer in Architecture in the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, from 1979 to 1987. While there, he drew all of the new illustrations for the 18th edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s History of Architecture, the standard architectural history book in the English speaking world throughout most of the 20th century.
 
Dr. Gelernter joined the University of Colorado in 1987. Over the years, he has served as a Director of Undergraduate Studies on the Boulder campus, and as an Associate Dean, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School on the Denver campus. He won a number of CU teaching and research awards in this period.
 
Dr. Gelernter was appointed Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning in 2003. He led the faculty in a re-visioning process that focused the College on four emerging areas of prominence and distinction: historic preservation; sustainable urbanism, healthy environments, and emerging practices in design including green design and digital modeling. He established research centers in the first three areas that helped increase funded research in the College ten-fold since he became Dean.
 
Dr. Gelernter has published numerous articles on architectural history, theory, and design education, both here and in the United Kingdom. His papers on design education explore how the design skill is acquired, and how design education might be changed to teach the design skill more effectively. He has written two books: Sources of Architectural Form: A Critical History of Western Design Theory, and A History of American Architecture: Buildings in Their Cultural and Technological Context. Dr. Gelernter periodically teaches a course on principles of sustainable design and urbanism for the graduate level students.