University of Virginia Professors William Morrish and Dell Upton will Talk about ‘The Next New Orleans?’ on Feb. 10

January 30, 2006

January 30, 2006 — William Morrish, Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia, and Dell Upton, David A. Harrison Professor of Anthropology and Architecture, will present a lecture “The Next New Orleans?” in Campbell Hall on Friday, Feb. 10 from 5-6:30 p.m.

In November, Morrish was named a member of the Urban Land Institute’s advisory panel to New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin’s Rebuilding Committee to aid in the planning and redesign phases of the Gulf Coast. His research in design and policy focuses on the future of America’s aging first-ring suburban communities and the small-home neighborhoods of the urban working class. While a professor at the University of Minnesota, Morrish created a nationally recognized think tank for professionals, academics and civic leaders on the issues of metropolitan urban design. He has been hailed by New York Times architecture critic Herbert Muschamp as one of the “most valuable thinkers in urbanism today.”

Upton’s research focuses on the history of American architecture and urbanism in a global context. He was named a consultant and principal catalogue essayist for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861” (2000). In 1996, he edited “Madaline,” the diary of a young woman in antebellum New Orleans. His five books and many articles have garnered numerous awards, including the Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock Award. He is currently finishing a book on urban life and landscape in the antebellum United States.

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