Category Archives: GSAPP

Model Projections

Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and GSAPP are pleased to announce the opening of a co-presented exhibition, Model Projections, October – December 15, 2018 at the Arthur Ross Architectural Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University.

Gallery Talk: November 29th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Reception following

Co-curated by Jennifer Gray and Irene Sunwoo, Model Projections investigates the complex pathways between architecture and its representation through an examination of the practice of model making. While models have long occupied a central role in the design and building processes, during the postwar period the production and function of models expanded as architecture firms increasingly commissioned elaborate three-dimensional representations that were extraordinarily precise in detail—from simulated materials to landscaping, from designer furniture to electrification. The exhibition reveal the model as a site of collaboration, negotiation, and speculation—not unlike the full-scale building that it anticipated.

Drawing primarily upon the collections of Avery Library’s Department of Drawings and Archives, the exhibition focuses on an ecosystem of architectural model making during the mid-twentieth century. It features original photographs, correspondence, and ephemera from the archives of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; photographer Louis Checkman; and especially the pioneering model maker Theodore Conrad, whose material experiments and specialized production techniques offer a framework for questioning the relationships between technology and craft, authenticity and authorship, architectural vision and systematized labor.

Image credit: Photo documenting Neue Nationalgalerie model: view into model, fallen Barcelona Chair. Theodore Conrad papers 1937-1991, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Dept. of Drawings & Archives.



The North American paint & varnish industry, as it expanded, left us with an amazing assortment of colorful vintage objects—cans, sample sets, store displays and advertising signs.

Avery Library in collaboration with private lenders, is pleased to present WET PAINT!! The exhibit displays items dating from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century and is designed to complement the Avery Classics exhibit: “Color Harmony in the Home: American Paint Publications from 1870-1950” which showcases a selection of items from Avery’s extensive trade catalog and brochure collection.

Lenders to WET PAINT!! are: Mary Jablonski, Judith M. Jacob, Norman R. Weiss and Adam Woodward. Exhibit installation was done with the assistance of GSAPP Historic Preservation graduate students Tania Alam, Alex Ray and Katrina Virbitsky.

This exhibition is presented to coincide with the 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference hosted by Columbia University GSAPP in New York City from March 15 to 17, 2017.
Both exhibitions are on view in Avery Library through April 25th.

For details and information on visiting the exhibits, contact: Avery Classics


Avery / GSAPP Architectural Plans & Sections Collection in Artstor


Avery is thrilled to announce the completion of our two-year collaborative project with the GSAPP Visual Resources Collection  (VRC) and Artstor to present the Avery/GSAPP Architectural Plans & Sections Collection in the Artstor Digital Library. Launched to coincide with the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year, Phase 2 adds another 10,000 images to the collection, bringing the total to more than 20,000 images representing 2000 projects in 60 countries that are now available for architectural research and instruction around the world. With an overall project focus on 20th century modernism, Phase 2 is particularly notable for the addition of nearly 100 projects by the master architect Le Corbusier, 100 projects in South America, and over 125 in Japan.

The Avery/GSAPP Plans & Sections project involved the efforts of Avery librarians and staff, GSAPP VRC curators, and more than 25 GSAPP students working together across many of the GSAPP programs — including M.Arch, Historic Preservation, Urban Design and Urban Planning – and contributing their diverse language, imaging and technology skills and their deep interest in the history of architecture.

For additional background on the collaboration, please see this ACSA article from January 2016.

Avery/GSAPP Architectural Plans & Sections Collection

Artstor blog

GSAPP Press Release

Credit line: Jeannert, Pierre & Le Corbusier. Villas Weissenhof-Seidlung (Stuttgart, Germany) 1927 Artstor: Avery/GSAPP Architectural Plans & Sections Collection © 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / FLC

Avery Library Welcomes New Dean of GSAPP

Amale_Andraos1Announcing the appointment of Associate Professor Amale Andraos as the new Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University President, Lee Bollinger, writes “An inspiring teacher, a respected colleague, and a pioneering practitioner whose innovative commissions in cities around the world have earned widespread admiration, Amale is a new leader among a rising generation of creative architects and designers of our physical environment.”

Amale joined Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 2011. Amale Andraos received her M.Arch. from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard and her B.Arch. from McGill University. She began her teaching career at the American University of Beirut and has held faculty posts at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania. She is the co-founder with her husband, GSAPP alumnus Dan Wood, of the New York-based firm WORKac.  Their long list of projects ranges from a master plan for rebuilding downtown Beirut to the design of the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 in Brooklyn.

Avery Library congratulates Dean Andraos on her appointment and looks forward to working with her on furthering the educational objectives of the School.

Architect’s Newspaper article


The Lantern Wall at Avery Library

In 1881, William Robert Ware founded the Architecture Program at Columbia University, bringing with him an extensive collection of lantern slides, the foundation of the image archive at the school. These glass plate photographs depict a wide range of locations and represented the most technologically advanced method of image representation at the time. The lantern slide as a medium vastly expanded the scope of architectural education, providing a new means to view works that were formerly known only through drawings and textual descriptions. Eventually, the detail-rich format of the lantern slide was surpassed by the 35mm slide for its color and economy, and more recently by the digital image for its immediacy and flexibility. But the slides themselves remain as a testament to the evolving history of architectural education, the technology of image-making, and our architectural heritage.

Juxtaposed to Avery Library’s digital scanning lab, the installation continues the themes of the GSAPP exhibition “Framed Transformations: The Lantern Slide in Architecture Education” (Fall 2010). That project explored the technology and pedagogy behind lantern slides and other forms of image representation.

The Lantern Wall project was designed and installed by the GSAPP Slide & Video Library curatorial team:
    Exhibition Design: Michael Bosbous, Zach Edelson, Damon Lau, Caroline Lebar, Luisa Mendez, Tiffany Rattray, Anton Yupangco
    Fabrication and Installation:  Geof Bell, Damon Lau, Caroline Lebar, Tiffany Rattray, Anton Yupangco
Slide Library Curatorial Staff: Luisa Mendez, Curator 2011-2012; Caroline Lebar, Curator 2012-2013; Damon Lau, Senior Assistant Curator; Tiffany Rattray, Assistant Curator
Slide Library Staff:  Rand Abdul Jabbar, Lina Ayala, Geof Bell, Michael Bosbous, Zach Edelson, Albert Lopez,  Ismaelly Pena, Maya Porath, Katie Stokien, Anton Yupangco

Celebrate: Avery Hall at 100!!!

Saturday November 10, 2012

November 10, 2012 marks the first day of Avery Hall’s second century. Designed by the legendary architecture firm McKim, Mead, and White, Avery Hall is home to the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and the renowned Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library. Together, the School and the Library support a culture of innovation and discovery of the ever dynamic fields of architectural practice and research. GSAPP and Avery Library will host a symposium, exhibition and celebratory reception to honor Avery Hall’s storied history with remarks by faculty, scholars and staff who’ve participated in the life of the building throughout its hundred-year history. 

Event website

Columbia Libraries Press Release

Columbia University Press Release

GSAPP faculty receive awards at the 65th SAH Annual Conference

Avery Library congratulates Columbia University GSAPP professors for winning awards presented on April 19 at the SAH conference!!

Professor Andrew Scott Dolkart received the Antoinette Forrester Downing Award for outstanding publication devoted to historical issues in the preservation field for his book:
The Row House Reborn, Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City, 1908-1929
The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.





Gwendolyn Wright, GSAPP Professor and co-host of PBS'/History Detectives/, was inducted as 2012 Society of Architectural Historians Fellow.







Full listing of the SAH 2012 awards and fellowships.

Andrew Dolkart Speaks Tonight

Andrew S. Dolkart, Director, Columbia GSAPP Historic Preservation Program, and James Marston Fitch Associate Professor of Historic Preservation, will be speaking tonight on "The Acropolis of New York: Creating Morningside Heights" at Riverside Church, room 9T from 6:30-8pm.

Sponsored by MHHDC (Morningside Heights Historic District Committee) and Riverside Church,  he will also be signing books.