Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies
Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies

Divided Loyalties: Robin Boyd and Post-War British/US Architectural Press, 1951-1971

Fri, February 14, 2020 | HRC 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Divided Loyalties: Robin Boyd and Post-War British/US Architectural Press, 1951-1971

In post-war debates on the future of modern architecture, the presence of Australian architect-critic Robin Boyd’s regular writings in the important British and American architectural journals, was unusual. On the one hand, as an observer from the periphery, he gave balance and perspective across transatlantic divides. On the other, it was demonstrable evidence of escape from labels of provincialism that dogged Australian culture: Boyd offered global direction at a time of crisis in the discipline.


Philip Goad is the Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Visiting Professor of Australian Studies (2019-2020) at Harvard University and Chair of Architecture and Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne. He was co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (2012) and Modern Times: the untold story of modernism in Australia (2008). His recent books include Bauhaus
Diaspora and Beyond: Transforming Education through Art, Design and Architecture (2019) and Australia Modern: architecture, design and landscape architecture, 1925-1975 (2019).

Sponsored by: The Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, and the Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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