Conference: Organized by Professor Diane Favro


Paradigm and Progeny: Roman Imperial Architecture and Its Legacy
December 6-7, 2011
 American Academy in Rome, Villa Aurelia
Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1
Rome, Italy

This two-day international conference will explore topics in Roman construction and design, urbanism, the impact of Hadrian, and more generally, the nature and legacy of Classicism. The conference commemorates the work of William L. MacDonald, FAAR’56 (1921-2010) who exerted a powerful influence on the field of Roman imperial architecture, shifting its study in significant new directions. The conference is organized by Diane Favro, professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Los Angeles; John A. Pinto, FAAR'75, RAAR'06; Howard Crosby Butler Memorial Professor of History of Architecture at Princeton University; and Fikret K. Yegül, RAAR'98, professor of Roman Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara. The conference is funded with grants from The Richard Driehaus Charitable Trust, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The conference will culminate with Conversations That Matter of the Academy in Rome, presided over by the Director Christopher S. Celenza and John A. Pinto, FAAR'75, RAAR'06, in conversation with Laurie Olin, FAAR'74, RAAR'90,'08, architect and landscape architect from the office OLIN, Philadelphia; Frederick Fisher, FAAR'08, architect and principal of Frederick Fisher and Partners, Los Angeles; and Stephen Kieran, FAAR'81, architect and principal of KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia. The discussion will explore the role of Roman architecture on the work of contemporary architects and contemporary designers.