Michelangelo Sabatino and Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, co-authors of Canada—Modern Architectures in History (2016), will deliver a lecture titled Beyond Wilderness: Modern Architecture in Canada as part of DISCUSSIONS in Architectural History and Theory.
Sabatino is an architect, historian, and professor and director of the PhD program in architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture. His research broadly addresses intersections between culture, technology, and design in the built environment. From his research on preindustrial vernacular traditions and their influence on modern architectures of the Mediterranean region, to his current project, which looks at the transnational forces that have shaped the architecture, infrastructure, and landscape of the Americas over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, he has cast new light on larger patterns of architectural discourse and production. Sabatino has been a research fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, The MacDowell Colony, the Georgia O'Keefe Museum Research Center, and the Wolfsonian at Florida International University. His monograph Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011) was recognized with multiple awards, including the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies, the Society of Architectural Historians' Alice Davis Hitchcock Award, and the American Association of Italian Studies; Best Book Award, 20th and 21st Centuries. A multi-author volume on Modern Architecture and the Mediterranean: Vernacular Dialogues and Contested Identities (2010), co-edited with Jean-François Lejeune, received a Commendation award from the International Committee of Architectural Critics.
Windsor-Liscombe is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, having previously taught at the University of London and McGill University. His main areas of research are post-settlement transatlantic architecture, design, and art, especially related to the classic revival, and more recently, the evolution of modernist approaches in Canada and the United States. His main publications include studies of the design careers of William Wilkins, Francis Rattenbury, and Robert Mills; the exhibition and book The New Spirit. modern Architecture in Vancouver 1938-1963 (1997); and the anthology Architecture and the Canadian Fabric (2011). He's also been working on an interactive website/app examining the interplay between modernist design and late British imperial-colonial policy. He won a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Life Member of Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge.
Coordinated by Eric Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, and professor Igor Marjanović, the DISCUSSIONS series is aimed at provoking advanced conversations on research in architectural history and theory. For more information about the series, click here.
Canadian Government Grain Elevator at Ogden, Alberta (1911), illustrated in Le Corbusier's Vers Une architecture (1923). Photographer: Harry Pollard.