Architectural Historian Richard Wilson Speaks April 17

April 04, 2014

Richard WilsonOn Thursday, April 17, Hampden-Sydney College hosts nationally known, architectural historian, Dr. Richard Guy Wilson as he presents his lecture: "Jefferson's Architecture and Dabney Cosby in Southside Virginia".

This informative lecture will highlight Cosby's participation in shaping some of the buildings at Hampden-Sydney College and provide a look at the man who brought a touch of Thomas Jefferson to the campus.

Dr. Richard Guy Wilson received his undergraduate training at the University of Colorado and MA and Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He currently holds the Commonwealth Professor's Chair in Architectural History at the University of Virginia where he specializes in architectural design and art of the 18th to the 21st century. Dr. Wilson has received a number of academic honors including a Guggenheim fellow, prizes for distinguished writing, and in 1986 he was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). In 2001, he was also the recipient of the outstanding professor award at the University of Virginia,

He has served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS and A&E, and he has been the curator and author for major museum exhibitions such as "The American Renaissance, 1876-1917", "The Art that is Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America", "The Machine Age in America, 1918-1941", "The Making of Virginia Architecture", and the Jefferson's design for the University of Virginia. Dr. Wilson is also the author or joint author of 16 books that deal with American and modern architecture.

The lecture begins at 4:30 PM in the Parents and Friends Lounge, Venable Hall and is free and open to the community. This event is co-sponsored by the Lectures and Programs Committee, the Fine Arts Department, the Architectural Society, and the Esther T. Atkinson Museum.