David Theodore Van Zanten

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Co-editor (with Robert Bruegmann, University of Illinois, Chicago),University of Chicago Press book series Chicago Architecture and Urbanism, publishing: David Van Zanten (editor), Marion Mahony Reconsidered, 2011; Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Chicago 1890, (2009); Waldheim/Ray, Chicago Architecture (2005); Richard Longstreth, The Charnley House (2004); Joseph M. Siry, The Chicago Auditorium Building (2002); Joseph C. Bigott, From Cottage to Bungalow (2001); Robert Bruegmann, The Architects and the City; Holabird &Roche/Holabird & Root (1997); Sally Chappell, The Architecture and Planning of Graham, Anderson,Probst & White (1992); John Stamper, Chicago's North Michigan Avenue (1991); Joseph Siry, Carson, Pirie, Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store (1988); Joseph Connors, The Robie House of Frank Lloyd Wright (1984)
Organizer with Rochelle Elstein (University Library art bibliographer) of a fund-raising campaign to purchase 19th century architectural periodicals which since 1985 has obtained $80,000 from grants and donations and has purchased either the whole or portions of: Allgemeine Bauzeitung, Annales archéologiques, Architectural Review, L'architecte, L'architecture, Architektonisches Skizzenbuch, The Builder, Building News and Engineering Record, Civil Engineer and Architects' Journal, La construction moderne, Emulation (Brussels), Encyclopédie d'architecture, Gazette des architectes et du bâtiment, Loudon's Architectural Magazine, Loudon's Gardeners' Magazine, Moniteur des architectes, Revue générale de l'architecture et des travaux publics, Semaine des constructeurs, Transactions of the Royal Engineering Association of Ceylon, Zeitschrift für Bauwesen.
Professional Memberships and Directorships

Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa Northwestern University Chapter, 1995-2001, Treasurer 1995- 2008.

National Secretary, Society of Architectural Historians, 1978-1982.

Board of Directors, Society of Architectural Historians, 1974-1977.

Board of Directors, Committee for the Preservation of Architectural Records, 1975-1978.

Member: College Art Association, Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago Architectural Club, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Société de l'Histoire de l'Art Francais, Association Française des Historiens de l'Architecture, Urban History Association, Historians of Nineteenth Century Art.
University and College Committees and Posts

Northwestern University

Chairman, Department of Art History, September, 2004-March, 2005, June-December, 2005; September, 1992-September,1995; June 1980-September 1983.

Graduate Program and Curricular Review Committee, 1999-2001

Secretary, Phi Beta Kappa chapter Alpha Illinois, 1995-

Committee on Tenure and Promotion, 2005-2007, 1996-1999, 1988-1990, 1980-1982.

External Review Committee, Department of French and Italian, 2005, Performance Studies, 1995-1996.

UFRPTDAP (tenure and dismissal decision appeals), 1992-1994.

Committee on Appeals, 1992-1994.

Committee on Superior Students and Honors, 1987; Chairman, 1988-1989.

Block Art Gallery Committee, 1980-1983.

Ad-hoc Tenure Committees: 1994-1995, 1993-1994, 1990-1991, 1988-1989, 1987-1988.

Chair, Harris Lecture Committee, 1982-1984.

Director of Graduate Studies, . 1995-1998, 2000-2011.

Director of Undergraduate Studies, 1998-2001, 2007-2008..

Admissions Coordinator, 2003, 1996-1997,1983-1995, 2002-2005.
University of Pennsylvania

Acting Chair, fall, 1978

Graduate Advisor, Department of the History of Art, 1977-1979.

Undergraduate Advisor, Department of the History of Art, 1976-1977.

Chairman, Committee on the Major in Design of the Environment, 1976-1979.

University Landmarks Committee, 1975-1979.

University Facilities Committee, 1973-1974, 1975-1977.

Ad-hoc Committee to Create a College of Thematic Studies on the

subject, "The University," 1972.

Independent Study Committee, 1971-1972.

Public Lectures


Architects and the Birth of Archeology”, Art Institute of Chicago Classical Society

Round table participant, symposium “Grand Paris”, Petit Palais, Paris


Keynote speaker symposium “Network Beaux-Arts: Avant-Gardes, Academies, Revolutions, 1900-2012”, Ecole des Beaux-Arts/Royal Academy of Art.

Speaker, symposium opening Block Museum exhibition “Drawing the Future”.


Keynote speaker, Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy Annual Meeting, Mason City, IA

Forum des Images, Paris (exhibition Victor Baltard, Musée d'Orsay)

Organizer and speaker: symposium "William Le Baron Jenney", held at Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris

Declined: member of table-ronde, symposium Henri Labrouste, Paris


University of Sydney, October: Marion Mahony

University of Canberra, October: Marion Mahony


De Paul University, October, "The Puzzling Hittorff and Hittorff's Puzzles"

Organizer of symposium "Recent Research in French Architecture", Northwestern University, December

Moderator, College Art Association annual meeting (Chicago, 2010) session "Recent Research in Chicago Architecture", February

Speaker in symposia:

BNF Richelieu: Un Projet en Question,” INHA, Paris, Jean-Francois Cabestan,

organizer, July

The Aesthetics of Marble: From Late Antiquity to the Present,” Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, May, Dario Gamboni organizer, ("Translucence and What Mid- Nineteenth-Century Architects Made of It")

"Classicizing Chicago," Northwestern University, May ("Monumental Planning and its Complications: Burnham, Sullivan, Wright")


Symposium speaker:

New Perspectives on Architecture in the Gilded Age,” CUNY Graduate Center, New York, October ("Monument and Urban Texture in Beaux-Arts Architectural Composition c. 1890")

"Burnham, Chicago and Beyond: Politics, Planning and the Progressive City, May

("Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, Hamburg: The Burnham Plan in Context")

Symposium "New Urbanism and the Grid: The Low Countries in International Context," Rockox House, Antwerp (BE), March ("Chicago Architecture and the American Grid")


Paper "Paris in Chicago; Practices of Chicago Design and Where They Came from" read at:

Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris


University of Chicago, Paris Center

Symposium Percier and Fontaine Project, Biblioteca Hertziana, Rome, speaker ("Le Fonds Fontaine à l'Art Institute de Chicago")

Symposium "William Lindley (1808-1900): Damals -- Heute -- Morgen", Hamburgmuseum, speaker ("Lindley und die Europâische Stadt")

Session moderator, European Architectural History Network, Zurich meeting.


Paper "Paris Space: Percier as Architect" read at;

Bard Graduate School of Decorative Arts, New York


Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Paris

Twentieth anniversary symposium, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, speaker ("Paris in Chicago; Practices of Chicago Design and Where They Came from")


Symposium (organizer and presiding) "Sullivan at 150", Chicago History Museum (speakers Jean-Louis Cohen, Joanna Merwood, Daniel Bluestone, Joseph Siry, Lauren Weingarden, Jean Castex, Wim de Wit)

Ecole d'Architecture de Versailles

Institut National de l'Histoire de l'Art

Commission du Vieux Paris

University of Cincinnati

College Art Association, organizing session "The Intersection of Chicago Architecture and Continental Modernism, 1910-1940."


Joint Symposium Society of Architectural Historians and Institut National de l'Histoire de l'Art, Paris (presiding).

St. Lukas School of Architecture, Brussels (Be)

Princeton University Art Museum

Northwestern University, Block Museum (organizing symposium on Marion Mahony Griffin)


Ecole d'Architecture, Belleville (Paris), leasing session at symposium "Les villes françaises au XIXe siècle."

University of Chicago

Congrès International de l'Histoire de l'Art, Montreal, speaker

Yale Paul Mellon Center, London, presiding symposium session

Yale University

Alliance Française, Chicago


Ecole Normale Supérieure, 2 lectures, at invitation of Claude Imbert

University of Pennsylvania (symposium "The Beaux-Arts and Chinese Architecture")

Society of Architectural Historians, annual meeting


Université de Paris XII, symposium on Paris urbanism, “Destinés croisés: idées et villes en chantier”, organized by Florence Bourillon of the sociology department, December, 2002

Ecole d’Architecture de Versailles, May, 2002

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago, April, 2002


Université de Genève

Art Institute of Chicago

Archicenter, Chicago

International Seminar on Urban Form, biannual meeting, Cincinnati

Visit to Australia coordinated by the US Department of State, presenting at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney), the Universities of Melbourne and New South Wales, the Capitol Theatre (Melbourne), the Australian Academy of Sciences (Canberra), and the Royal Institute of Architects of New South Wales (Sydney).


Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris, leading a day in Marcel Roncayolo's urban history seminar

University of California, Berkeley

Art Institute of Chicago

Entretiens du Patrimoine, annual conference on urbanism and preservation organized by the Ministry of Culture, Paris


Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, Scotland

Speaker, Urban Studies Association annual meeting, Oxford, UK

Cornell University

Paris (organizer of and speaker in symposium "Modernism before Haussmann")

Buenos Aires, AR (Member scientific committee and speaker, symposium "The City c. 1900")


University of Hamburg (Ge)

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., symposium speaker

University of Chicago

University of Pittsburgh

Frank Lloyd Wright Conservancy, Annual Meeting, Chicago: session speaker

Society of Architectural Historians, Los Angeles annual meeting (session co-chair)


University of Manchester (UK)


Château de Blois (Fr) (Symposium on Félix Duban)

Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, New York

Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris, speaking in Jean-Claude Bonne's seminar on ornament.

University of Venice (It) (Symposium on Henri Labrouste)


Chicago Urban History Seminar, Chicago Historical Society

Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow (Scotland) School of Art.

University of Manchester (UK)

Art Institute of Chicago (speaking twice: Sullivan, Caillebotte)


Rice Design Alliance, Houston, TX

Baltimore Museum of Art


Cornell University, School of Architecture

Chicago Architectural Foundation

Royal Academy of Art, London, speaker in symposium to accompany exhibition "The Impressionists and the City"

College Art Association, annual meeting, Seattle, WA.


DePaul University, Chicago

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York


Notre Dame University School of Architecture (speaking twice)

Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism

Northwestern University Annual Faculty Lecture

United State Information Agency: visiting lectureship to Buenos Aires, Argentina, speaking at the University of Buenos Aires, the Museum of Decorative Arts, and the Abraham Lincoln Center.


Keynote speaker, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, regional meeting, Princeton University

Getty Museum of Art, Malibu, CA

College Art Association annual meeting, session chair, New York

Architectural Association, London

Glasgow (Scotland) School of Art


University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, symposium speaker

Columbia University, Buell Center (speaking twice)

University of Texas, Austin

College Art Association , annual meeting, San Francisco


Columbia University

CASVA, Washington D.C., symposium speaker

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, symposium speaker


St Louis Art Museum

Musée d'Orsay, Paris

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, symposium organizer

College Art Association, annual meeting, panel chair


University of New Mexico, symposium speaker

Musée Carnavalet, Paris, symposium speaker

Pennsylvania State University

University of Illinois, Chicago

Rice University


Society of Architectural Historians, annual meeting, Pittsburgh, session co-chair

University of California, Santa Barbara

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Art Institute of Chicago


University of Maryland, symposium speaker

University of Chicago, symposium speaker


Rhode Island School of Design, symposium speaker


Art Institute of Chicago

State Museum of History, Harrisburg, PA

Society of Architectural Historians, annual meeting


University of New Mexico, symposium speaker

Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, annual meeting, Guanajuato, Mexico

University of Wisconsin, Madison


St. Louis Art Museum

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana


Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zürich, Switzerland


Philadelphia Museum, of Art

Architectural Association, London, symposium speaker

Society of Architectural Historians, annual meeting, session chair

Princeton University


Philadelphia Museum of Art

University of Kentucky, symposium speaker

Washington University, St. Louis

Milwaukee Art Museum, symposium speaker

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

National Museum of American Art, Washington, D. C.

Society of Architectural Historians, annual meeting, working session chair


Society of Architectural Historians, annual meeting, Philadelphia

George Washington University


Dartmouth College

Architectural League, New York

Vassar College

Institute for Architecture and Urbanism, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Organization of American Historians, annual meeting, Philadelphia

Mid-Atlantic Archivists Conference, Philadlephia


Society of Architectural Historian, annual meeting


Williams College


Archives de l'Architecture Moderne, Brussels


Society of Architectural Historians, annual meeting, St. Louis

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