Faculty Colloquium Series: Anat Geva

“Mid-Century Modern American Synagogues: The Case of Mendelsohn, Wright, and Yamasaki”

Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 4-5 p.m.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu.

Dr. Anat Geva photoAnat Geva | Professor, Department of Architecture, 2016-17 Glasscock Internal Faculty Residential Fellow, Texas A&M University

Dr. Geva’s areas of interest are sacred architecture, architectural design (international, historic, and environmental context), historic preservation, and history of building technology. She is also a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Heritage Conservation.

Abstract
This paper is part of a larger project that was awarded a grant from Texas A&M University’s Program to Enhance Scholarly and Creative Activities (2014) and the Glasscock Research Fellowship (2016). That project entitled “Pushing the Envelope: Mid-Century American Synagogues (1950s-1960s)” deals with diversity of religions as expressed in American built environment post WWII, when sacred architecture pushed the envelope of design and building technology. The first part of that study introduces a conceptual framework that explains the interaction of the major influences on the American synagogues designs of that era. The second part of the project examines synagogues’ designs by prominent architects of the American modern architecture movement. The focus of this presentation is the key design developments of the mid century American synagogues as introduced by Eric Mendelsohn, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Minoru Yamasaki.

The Faculty Colloquium offers faculty an opportunity to discuss a work-in-progress with colleagues from different disciplines. By long-standing practice, colloquium presenters provide a draft of their current research, which is made available to members of the Glasscock Center listserv. Each colloquium begins with the presenter’s short (10-15 minute) exposition of the project, after which the floor is open for comments and queries. The format is by design informal, conversational, and interdisciplinary.

The Glasscock Center extends a warm invitation to faculty and students to join in a discussion of Professor Geva’s work-in-progress. The paper is available to members of the Center’s listserv, or by contacting the Glasscock Center by phone at (979) 845-8328 or by e-mail at glasscock@tamu.edu. To join the Center’s listserv and receive regular notices of colloquia and other events, please register at http://listserv.tamu.edu/archives/chr-l.html.