Michelangelo Today

“David” was a symbol of heroism and courage but even he didn’t know what the future held for him; that made him human, that made him more relatable, and that made him seem even more heroic because then he’s just an ordinary man taking on an extraordinary task. This was a...

Grow/ing a Sustainab...

Although I benefit tremendously from understanding something about what my colleagues and fellow professionals are accomplishing in the realm of sustainable design and construction, I have continued to feel like your average informed citizen. Many individuals ask “what can I do?”...

Capturing the Sun

The Villa Pisani in Lonigo is the most celebrated of the works of sixteenth century architect Vincenzo Scamozzi.  Among its remarkable qualities, natural light is repeatedly cited for its primary role in shaping the experience of its interior spaces. While published photographs give a certain...

Drawing on History

As all students who have participated in the academic programs of the Architecture Department at the UW Rome Center know, drawing and history are two central sources of exploration and learning along with design studios.  So it seems appropriate that the first academic symposium to be held at...