|David Theodore Van Zanten
Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History
curriculum vitae, February, 2015
Department of Art History, Northwestern University,
Evanston, IL, 60208-2208
Primary Professional Interests:
Firstly, how architects think through designs, the involvement of that with techniques of drawing, and the intersection of that with the mentalities of their interlocutors, clients on the one hand and parallel professionals – engineers, urbanists, social scientists -- on the other. Secondly, the application of this in the shaping of the modern city c. 1830-1914, especially Paris and Chicago.
Harvard University, Dept. of Fine Arts, PhD: 1970, "The Architectural Polychromy of the 1830's"
Harvard University, Dept. of Fine Arts, MA: 1966.
Princeton University, Dept. of Art and Archeology, BA: 1965
(1963-1964, Visiting Student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London)
Northwestern University, Dept. of Art History, 1979- (Associate Professor, promoted to Professor, 1985). Ph.D. program.
University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of History of Art, 1971-1979 (Assistant Professor, promoted to Associate, 1977). Ph.D. program.
McGill University, Dept. of Art and Art History, Assistant Professor, 1970-1971. Ph.D. program.
Visitorships and Lectureships
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, Directeur d'Etudes, February, 2008
Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris, June, 2006
University of Manchester, Department of the History of Art (host Frank Salmon), Fellow, June- July, 1998
Universität Hamburg, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar (host Hermann Hipp), October, 1997
Columbia University (delivering Mathews Lectures), 1980
Philipps-Universität Marburg, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar (host Heinrich Klotz), October, 1979- January, 1980
University of California, Berkeley, visiting professor, spring quarter, 1979
Cornell University, visiting professor, fall semester, 1976
University of Delaware, teaching summer school, 1966, 1967, 1968
Other Employment (Architectural Draftsman)
Harvard-Cornell Archaeological Expedition to Sardis, Turkey (summers 1970, 1971, and 1972).
American Academy in Rome, Cosa Archaeological Expedition (summer 1969 and 1972).
Cambridge (MA) Historical Commission (part-time), 1965-1967.
Historic American Buildings Survey (Chicago, summer 1963; Annapolis, MD (August, 1964); Michigan, Summer, 1965; Southport, CT (August, 1966).
Eggers and Higgins, Architects, New York City (summer, 1962).
Books and Major Essays
Drawing the Future, edited volume of essays by David Van Zanten, Ashley Miller Dunn and Lisa Coburn, Northwestern University Press, 2014 (accompanying exhibition at Block Museum of Art).
Marion Mahony Reconsidered, edited volume of essays by Alice Friedman, Paul Kruty, Anna Rubbo, James Weirick, University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Sullivan's City: The Meaning of Ornament for Louis Sullivan, W. W. Norton, 2000.
Building Paris: Architectural Institutions and the Transformation of the French Capital, 1830-1870, Cambridge University Press, 1994.
Chapter I translated and published in Autour de l'Opéra, Paris: Délégation à l'Action Artistique de la Ville de Paris, 1995).
Designing Paris: The Architecture of Duban, Labrouste, Duc and Vaudoyer. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1987. Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians.
"Sullivan to 1890," Louis Sullivan: The Function of Ornament, New York: W. W. Norton, 1986, pp. 13-63.
The Beaux-Arts Tradition in French Architecture. By Donald Drew Egbert, edited and with a forward by David Van Zanten, and an introductory note by Robert Venturi, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1980. Prix Bernier, Académie des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
Essay on Architecture, 15 biographies and 33 catalogue entries in The Second Empire: The Arts under Napoleon III. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts and Réunion des Musées Nationaux (Grand Palais), 1978-1979.
"Architectural Composition at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from Charles Percier to Charles Garnier." The Architecture of the Ecole des Beaux Arts. A. Drexler, ed. Museum of Modern Art with MIT Press and Secker and Warburg, 1977, pp. 111-290.
The Architectural Polychromy of the 1830s. New York: Garland Publishing, 1977 (publication of doctoral dissertation).
Walter Burley Griffin: Selected Designs. Chicago: Prairie School Press, 1970.
Contributions to Books and Exhibition Catalogues
“Percier as Architect” pp. 145-150) and “The Fontaine Library at the Art Institute of Chicago” pp. 167-173, in Charles Percier et Pierre Fontaine, editors Sabine Frommel, Jean-Philippe Garric, Elisabeth Kieven, Saggi della Biblioteca Herziana, Rome, 2014.
"Architecture, Museums, and thé Mediation of Drawing," Histoire de l'Art du XIXe siècle (1848-1914): Bilans et Perspectives, Rencontres de l'Ecole du Louvre, Paris, 2012, pp. 607-620.
"Looking Through, Across and Up: the Architectural Aesthetics of the Paris Street," Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity, editor Gloria Groom, Yale University Press for the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012, pp. 153-163.
"Henri Labrouste et l'imaginaire architectural américain," Labrouste (1801-1875) architecte: La structure mise en lumière, éditons Corinne Bélier, Barry Bergdoll, Marc Le Coeur, Paris: Nicolas Chaudun for the Museum of Modern Art and the Cité de l'Architecture, pp. 211-221.
"Chicago Architecture and the American Grid," Early Modern Urbanism and the Grid, Piet Lombaerde, Charles van den Heuval, ed.s, Turnhaut (BE), Brepols, 2011, pp. 207-214.
"Just What Was Beaux-Arts Architectural Composition?" Chinese Architecture and the Beaux- Arts, Jeffrey W. Cody, Nancy S. Steinhardt, Tony Atkins, ed.s, Honolulu, University of Hawai'i Press, 2010, pp. 23-37.
"Paris Space: What Might Have Constituted Haussmannization," Manifestoes and
Transformations in the Early Modernist City, Christian Hermansen Cordua, ed., London: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 179-210.
"Beaux-Arts Architecture," The Oxford Companion to Architecture, Patrick Goode, ed., Oxford University Press, 2009, I, pp. 75-77.
"William Lindley in Internationale Vergleich," William Lindley und Europa 1808-1900, (Ortwin
Pelc and Susanne Grötz, editors), Hamburg: Dölling und Galitz, 2008, pp. 276-297.
"Louis Sullivan, Herbert Spencer and the Medium of Architecture," Design in the Age of Darwin
(Stephen Eisenman, editor), Northwestern University Press, 2008, pp. 27-38.
"La Composition beaux-arts et ses transformations," L'espace du jeu architectural: mélanges offerts à Jean Castex, Paris: Editions Récherche, 2007 (Anne Marie Chatelet ed.), pp. 103-119.
"Marion Mahony Griffin," Marion Mahony Griffin: Drawing the Form of Nature, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2005, pp.1-4.
"What Might Have Been at Stake in City Building c. 1842-1853: The Case of Hamburg after the Great Fire," Mélanges Pierre Vaisse, edited by Leila El-Wakil, Stéphanie Pallini and Lada Umstätter-Mamedova, Presses Universitaires de Lyon, 2005, pp. 107-118.
"The Centrality of the Columbian Exposition in Chicago Architectural History," Chicago Architecture: Histories, Revisions, Alternatives, edited by Katrina Rüedi Ray and Charles Waldheim, University of Chicago Press, 2005, pp. 30-36. Originally published in Threshold 5/6 , pp. 103-108.
"Schooling the Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style as a Communicable System," Frank Lloyd Wright: A Primer of Architectural Principles, 2nd edition, edited by Robert McCarter, Phaidon Press, 2005, pp. 116-123. Originally published in The Nature of Frank Lloyd Wright,  pp. 70-84.
"What Significance International 'Beaux-Arts' Urbanism Might Have Had c. 1900," Architectural Culture around 1900, Fabio Grementieri, Jorge Francisco Liernur, Claudia Schmidt, editors, Buenos Aires: Universidad Torcuato di Tella, 2004, pp. 35-40.
"La Salle des Imprimés alla Biblioteque Nationale. Finzione e interpretazione." Henri Labrouste, 1801-1875, Renzo Dubbini, editor. Milan: Electa, 2002, pp. 191-206.
"La ville industrielle et la conception haussmannienne," Ville d'hier, ville d'aujourd'hui: Actes des Entretiens du Patrimoine, François Loyer editor, Paris: Fayard, 2001, pp. 333-342.
"Mais quand Haussmann est-il devenu moderne?" La modernité avant Haussmann, Karen Bowie editor, Paris: Editions Récherches, 2001, pp. 152-164.
"Duban et la forme monumentale de Paris," Félix Duban: les couleurs de l' architecte: actes du colloque, Sylvien Bellenger editor, Paris: Maisonneuve & Larose, 2001, pp. 86-92.
"La place du Châtelet au temps de l'haussmannisation," Du Châtelet au Beaubourg, Délégation à l'Action Artistique de la Ville de Paris, 1997, pp. 153-162.
"William Le Baron Jenney" for catalogue L'art de l' ingénieur: constructeur, entrepreneur, inventeur, Antoine Picon, editor, Paris: Centre Pompidou, 1997, pp 243-244.
"L'influence de Duban", "L'atelier de Duban," Duban: les couleurs de l'architecte, Sylvain Bellenger and Françoise Hamon, editors, Paris: Gallimard/Electa, 1996, pp. 222-227.
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Kindergarten: Professional Practice and Sexual Roles," Not at Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture, Christopher Reed, ed., London, Thames and Hudson, 1996, pp. 92-97. Republication from Architecture: A
Place for Women, Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1989, pp. 55-62.
Grove Dictionary of Art, London: Macmillan, 1996. Entries: Charles Atwood, Pierre Bossan, Daniel Burnham, Chicago School, Charles Chipiez, Félix Duban, Polychromy, John Wellborn Root, Louis Sullivan.
Updated and republished: Grove Encyclopedia of the Arts in the Americas, London: Macmillan, 1999, Entries: Charles Atwood, Daniel Burnham, Chicago School, John Wellborn Root, Louis Sullivan
"The harmony of Landscape, Architecture and Community: Schinkel's Encounter with Huyot," Karl Friedrich Schinkel: The Drama of Architecture, Chicago/Tübingen: Art Institute of Chicago/Menges, 1994, pp. 84-96.
"The Parthenon Imagined Painted," The Parthenon and its Impact in Modern Times, Panayotis Tournikiotis, general editor, New York: Abrams, 1996 (Athens: Melissa, 1994), pp. 258-277.
"The Power of Axes and the Axes of Power: L.-T.-J. Visconti, the New Louvre and the Shape of Paris," The Popularization of Images: Visual Culture under the July Monarchy, Petra ten-Doeschate Chu and Gabriel Weisberg, editors, Princeton University Press, 1994, pp. 189-212.
"Formulating Art History at Princeton and the 'Humanistic Laboratory'," The Early Years of Art History in the United States, Craig Hugh Smyth and Peter Lukehart, editors, Princeton University Press, 1994, pp. 175-182.
"The Monadnock Building," AIA Guide to Chicago, Harcourt Brace and Company, 1993, pp. 63-64.
"Visconti comme architecte-voyer," "Les collaborateurs de Visconti" and "Le Nouveau Louvre," Louis-Tullio-Joachim Visconti, 1791-1853, Françoise Hamon and Charles MacCallum, editors, Délégation à l'Action Artistique de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 1991, pp. 66-77, 248-253.
"The Ecole, the Academy, and the French Government Architectural Services," The French Academy: Classicism and its Antagonists, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1990, pp. 196-205.
"Chicago in Architectural History," The Architectural Historian in America, Washington: National Gallery of Art, 1990, pp. 91-100.
"The 'Princeton System' and the Founding of the School of Architecture, 1915-1920," The Architecture of Robert Venturi, Editor Christopher Mead, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1989, pp. 34-44.
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Kindergarten: Professional Practice end Sexual Roles," Architecture: A
Place for Women, Washington, D. C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1989, pp. 55-62.
Republished: Not at Home: The Supression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture, editor: Christopher Reed, New York: Thames & Hudson, 1996, pp. 92-98.
"The Architecture of the Layton Art Gallery," 1888: Frederick Layton and His World, Milwaukee Art Museum, 1988, pp. 242-250.
"Viollet-le-Duc's Impact upon American Architecture during the Nineteenth Century," Viollet-le-Duc, Washington, D.C.: Trust for Museum Exhibitions, 1988, pp. 21-22.
"Schooling the Prairie School: Wright's Early Style as a Communicable System," The Meaning of Frank Lloyd Wright. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988, pp. 70-84.
Republished: Frank Lloyd Wright Primer: A Primer on Architectural Principles, Robert McCarter, ed., 2nd ed., Phaidon, 2005.
"Walter Burley Griffin's Design for Canberra," Chicago Architecture, 1872-1922, Chicago: Art Institute, 1987. Paris: Musée d'Orsay, Frankfurt: Deutsches Architekturmuseum, pp. 323-347.
"The Lenox Library: What Hunt Did and Did Not Learn in France," The Architecture of Richard Morris Hunt (edited by Susan R. Stein), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986, pp. 91-106.
Translated and republished: "La Bibliotheque Lenox: ce que Hunt apprit effectivement en France, et ce qu'il n'y apprit pas," Richard Morris Hunt, architecte, 1827-1895, Paris: Caisse Nationale des Monuments et des Sites, 1989, pp. 85-94.
"What Americans Went to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to Learn and What They Were Taught", Las Academias de Arte (7th colloquium of the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas), Mexico City: National University of Mexico, 1985, pp. 291-310.
"The Projecting of Chicago as a Commercial City and the Rationalization of Design and Construction," Chicago and New York: Architectural Interactions, Art Institute of Chicago, 1984, pp. 30-49.
"The Beginnings of French Romantic Architecture and Félix Duban's Temple Protestant," In Search of Modern Architecture (in honor of Henry-Russell Hitchcock), edited by Helen Searing, MIT Press, 1983, pp. 64-84.
Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects, New York, Macmillan, 1982. Entries: Gottlieb Bindesbøll, Pierre Bossan, Charles Garnier, J.-I. Hittorf, Owen Jones, Henri Labrouste.
"Architectural Polychromy and the Life in Architecture,"The Beaux Arts, edited by Robin Middleton, London: Thames and Hudson, 1982, pp. 196-215.
"The City Walls" (with George M. A. Hanfmann and Kenneth Frazer), A Survey of Sardis and the Major Monuments Outside the Walls, George M. A. Hanfmann and Jane C. Waldbaum, editors, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1975, pp. 35-53.