Matthews Distinguished University Professor Emerita
A specialist in modern and American architecture, Mardges Bacon has taught architectural and urban history. Her courses have included the two-semester survey in Architecture, Modernity, and the City with its Honors sections as well as the graduate Seminar in Modern Architecture and Urbanism. Professor Bacon is the author of Le Corbusier in America: Travels in the Land of the Timid (MIT Press, 2001) and Ernest Flagg: Beaux-Arts Architect and Urban Reformer (AHF and MIT Press, 1986), for which she received a book award from the Victorian Society of America, New York Chapter. She is both editor and author of the introduction to “Symbolic Essence” and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American Culture by William H. Jordy, in association with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University (Yale University Press, 2005). Professor Bacon is also the author of numerous articles and essays in scholarly journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias, as well as an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. Mardges Bacon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987) as well as grants from the Graham Foundation (1998) and the Whiting Foundation (2005). In 1988 she was named an Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Professor Bacon has served as a director of the Society of Architectural Historians and been elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society and a fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society. She has lectured at Columbia University, Harvard University, Princeton University, MIT, RISD, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently she serves on the Scientific Board of the international journal Environment, Land and Society: Architectonics (ELSA).
Area of Research
20th Century Modernism
Modernism and the Vernacular in Architecture