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Diane Ghirardo, Ph.D., FAAR

Professor, ACSA Distinguished Professor

BA, San Jose State University; MA, History and Humanities, Stanford University; PhD, History and Humanities, Stanford University


Diane Ghirardo received her MA & PhD in History and Humanities from Stanford University in 1983. She has taught and lectured widely in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. She has been visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Australia; the University of Cape Town, South Africa; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rice University, Houston, Texas; Politecnico of Turin, Italy, and currently is Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she teaches and researches 20th century architecture, Renaissance architecture, women’s spaces, and 20th century Italian architecture. Ghirardo’s books include Building New Communities. New Deal America and Fascist Italy (1989); Out of Site: A Social Criticism of Architecture (1992); Mark Mack (1994); Architecture After Modernism (1996), translated into multiple languages and editions; Dopo il Sogno. Architettura e città nell’America di oggi (2008); Aldo Rossi. Drawings (with Germano Celant, 2008); Le duchesse, le buffale e l’imprenditoria femminile nella Ferrara Rinascimentale (2009); Italy. Modern Architectures in History (2013); La topografia della prostituzione nella Ferrara rinascimentale (2013). She also translated Aldo Rossi’s Architecture of the City (1982) and numerous articles by him into English. Former President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA, 1993-6), she is also an ACSA Distinguished Professor (1998), a Guggenheim Fellow (2002), National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow (2001), Fulbright Scholar (1976, 2001), and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (1988).


 
Currently Teaching
  • 414
    Perspectives in History and Theory in Architecture- Sacred Spaces
    Perspectives in History and Theory in Architecture- Sacred Spaces
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 214a, ARCH 214b or ARCH 304 Part seminar and part lecture, this class addresses questions concerning spaces defined as sacred. Who defines them, when, why, where: these are the general questions with which the course begins. What does 'sacred' mean in the context of different types of spaces? On what basis do individuals or groups decide that a site is sacred, and on what authority? Many such spaces end up being contested, for a variety of reasons. The subject opens up multiple possibilities, many of which we will examine in detail beginning with a series of lectures followed by discussions of historical examples of sacred spaces. *SPRING 2018: The first meeting of this course will be Monday, January 29. There will be a total of 8 meetings at 2 hours 50 minutes each. The meeting dates may be found on the sample syllabus.
     
  • 442m
    Women's Spaces in History "Hussies, Harems & Housewives"
    Women's Spaces in History "Hussies, Harems & Housewives"
    How cultures divide and occupy spaces throughout history reflect a diverse range of status differences, differences as apparent in pre-industrial as in postindustrial revolution societies. This course explores spatial differentiation from the perspective of gender. From the intimacy of the home to the larger rural or urban community, patterns of spatial differentiation reinforced unequal status based upon gender and made it more difficult for women to achieve equality. Spatial differentiation in the modern era has extended from the home to educational facilities to the workplace to the city as a whole, and it has marginalized women along with other groups. We will specifically consider the role of gender relations in the formation of the built environment, both the public and the private spheres. We examine spatial differentiation and its practice in ancient, pre-modern, and modern cultures. The focus is upon the expression of that differentiation in the house, workplace, and public sphere, but we also explore the responses of women to the systems of oppression manifested through spatial differentiation. Because this class meets University requirements for diversity courses, it is also concerned with ways in which relations of domination are concealed or suppressed. We employ methodologies from history, anthropology, architecture and sociology to understand the nuances of domination through spatial differentiation. We study the institutional structures that underlie spatial organization, who benefits and who is deprived by specific socio-spatial arrangements, the assumptions of scholars who have studied diverse cultures and their buildings, and how they conceived of gender relations. The films that we view have a two-fold purpose: on the one hand, they help illustrate spatial practices in non-western cultures, in pre-modern times, and in our own culture; on the other, the films enable us to discern how to decode gendered spatial practices in the visual realm.
     
 
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04/04/18
Professors Alex Robinson and Diane Ghirardo Awarded Graham Foundation Grants
The Graham Foundation announced today that faculty members Alex Robinson and Diane Ghirardo are two of their 2018 grantees. Robinson's grant was ...
 
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