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Avery Library Acquires Jane C. Loeffler Embassy Archives

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Edward Durell Stone. US Embassy, New Delhi (1959)

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of The Jane C. Loeffler Collection of Research Papers on American Embassies, a collection of documents, photos, architectural drawings, interviews and research papers, donated to the library by architectural historian Jane C. Loeffler of Washington, D.C. “It is gratifying to save valuable history from oblivion and even better to find it a proper home where others can build upon it,” said Loeffler.

“We are thrilled to receive this important body of materials especially at this moment when international affairs and the
American diplomatic presence are of such critical importance,” said Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Library.
“We look forward to intensive study of this archive by the research community.”

Dr. Loeffler will visit Columbia to deliver a keynote address at the Architecture and Diplomacy: Transatlantic Approaches
symposium on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014. Other speakers and panelists will include Jean-Louis Cohen, Professor of
the History of Architecture, NYU-IFA; Amale Andraos, Dean, GSAPP; and professors Kadambari Baxi, Barnard College;
Craig Konyk, GSAPP; Jorge Otero-Pailo, GSAPP; Victoria Phillips, Columbia University; as well as Casey Jones,
Deputy Director, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

Columbia Spectator article
Columbia Libraries press release

Avery Library Remembers David Rosand (1938-2014)

rosandDavid Rosand was an esteemed scholar, beloved teacher and a true supporter of Avery Library.

He was the Meyer Schapiro Professor emeritus of Art History at Columbia University and a graduate of Columbia College. He received his PhD from Columbia in 1965 and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 1961 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 1974.

David joined the Columbia University Department of Art History and Archaeology faculty in 1964 and served twice as chairman of the Department.  He served as chair of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, director of Art Humanities, chair of the Department’s Wallach Art Gallery Committee and served on the Avery Library Joint Faculty Committee.

His scholarship focused on the Italian Renaissance and on the history and criticism of the graphic arts.  His publications in the field include Titian and the Venetian Woodcut (1976—co-authored with Michelangelo Muraro), Titian (1978), Painting in Cinquecento Venice: Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto (1982; rev. ed. 1997), The Meaning of the Mark: Leonardo and Titian (1988), Myths of Venice: The Figuration of a State (2001), and Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation (2002).  In the area of American painting he has published Robert Motherwell on Paper: Drawings, Prints, Collages (1997) which accompanied an exhibition in the Wallach Art Gallery and The Invention of Painting in America (2004). His most recent book, Véronèse: Painting in cinquecento Venice was published in 2012.

He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and the Ateneo Veneto in Venice, and served for many years on the board of the Renaissance Society of America, which honored him with the Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award (2007).  He was project director for Save Venice, Inc., an organization dedicated to the conservation of the art and monuments of Venice.

New York Times obituary
New York Times tribute

Reed College online streaming-audio lecture: “Things Never Seen: Graphic Fantasy and the Dreaming Draftsman” (October 26, 2009)


Avery Renovations Summer 2014

renovation-banner-july-2014Avery Library Graduate Reading Room (222) and adjoining restrooms will be closed for renovations:
July 10 – August 29.

All library services and collections are available for use throughout this renovation period.
Work crews will be active Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.

While we expect more noise throughout this period, readers are still welcome to use the main reading rooms on the 200 and 300 levels.

Reader shelves and reader carrels have been relocated to the north end of the 200-level reading room, adjacent to the window.

We hope you will pardon this disruption and look forward with us to the newly renovated spaces for the Fall term.

For assistance, please contact Avery Access Services.

Shigeru Ban awarded Pritzker Prize

On Monday March 24, 2014, the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was named the winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize,

For twenty years Ban has traveled to sites of natural and man-made disasters around the world, to work with local citizens, volunteers and students, to design and construct simple, dignified, low-cost, recyclable shelters and community buildings for the disaster victims.

The citation from the Pritzker Prize jury underscores Ban’s experimental approach to common 
materials such as paper tubes and shipping containers, his structural innovations, and creative use 
of unconventional materials such as bamboo, fabric, paper, and composites of recycled paper fiber 
and plastics.


Architectural Record review & video

New York Times review

The Pritzker Architecture Prize announcement

Wall Street Journal review


Image credit: Shigeru Ban. Photo by Shigeru Ban Architects.

Open Access Week 2013

Open Access Week is a global event now in its 6th year, which promotes open access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Open access (OA) content is online, freely accessible, and has relatively few or no restrictions on reuse. 

All this week (October 21-25) at Columbia, the folks from the Scholarly Communication Program, an initiative of Columbia's Center for Digital Research and Scholarship, along with our friends at Columbia Libraries/Information Services, will be out on College Walk (next to Sundial) from 9am-4pm talking to students, faculty, and staff about open access, its benefits, and why it's relevant to them.

Website: Open Access Week

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959)

Today begins the receipt of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives into the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

That this event happens to coincide with the date of Wright's death in 1959 is a fitting tribute to his legacy, celebrated by Avery and MoMA's  co-acquisition of the Archives in September 2012

Since that time Avery, MoMA and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation staff have been working together to plan and implement moving the extensive Archives from Taliesin West to Avery Library. This first shipment includes more than 25, 000 drawings, 300,000 correspondence and 44,000 photographic works.

While the Archives is en route from Taliesin West to New York, it will not be available for consultation. We expect this temporary access hiatus to extend from March – August 2013 as staff work to move the Archives to its new repository at Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library. We anticipate several additional moves of Archives materials over time and will make materials available for research consultation incrementally as the material is received into Avery and processed.

Please address inquiries to

Image credit: St. Mark's-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, Project Model. (c. 1927-31)
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University)

Felix Candela: A Symposium



Columbia University

501 Schermerhorn Hall

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Free and open to the public


In conjunction with the exhibition Felix Candela, the Wallach Art Gallery and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library present a symposium on his life and work. 

Félix Candela is regarded as one the greatest Spanish architects of the 20th century. He is celebrated for his feats of architectural engineering that transform concrete into visual poetry with his structural design based on hyperbolic paraboloid geometric form.

Barry Bergdoll, curator of Architecture & Design, Museum of Modern Art, will introduce the symposium and our keynote speaker Professor David Billington of Princeton University will present Felix Candela, engineer, builder and structural artist. his presentation will be followed by two panel discussions. The first, moderated by Angela Giral, former Avery Librarian, will focus on the relationship between politics and architecture.  The second panel moderated by Professor Mary McLeod, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) will take up the discussion of Candela’s legacy. Closing remarks and presentation of the exhibition will be delivered by Professor Juan Ignacio del Cueto, of UNAM, Mexico.

Additional speakers and program details.

Exhibition opening and reception immediately following.



Virtual Reality, VSim, and the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893: Is There Hope for the Technically Challenged


Lisa Snyder (Associate Director of the Experiential Technologies Center, UCLA) specializes in the use of interactive virtual reality environments to study and teach about historic urban environments. For the Israel Antiquities Authority, she created a three-dimensional interactive digital reconstruction of the Temple Mount complex, and, more recently, she’s developed a computer simulation of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Dr. Snyder’s pioneering work with real-time visual simulation technology provides unprecedented opportunities for experiential interpretation of and innovative pedagogy involving cultural heritage sites. Based on extensive archaeological and historical research, her highly detailed computer reconstructions allow users to explore built environments that no longer exist. Snyder is currently working with a team of programmers on an NEH-funded project to develop a new software interface (VSim) to facilitate educational use of three-dimensional computer models.


Co-sponsored by Columbia University Libraries Digital Humanities Center, the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Teaching Center.