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Nicholas Adams

Mary Conover Mellon Professor in the History of Architecture, Emeritus

Nicholas Adams received his BA from Cornell University and his PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU). He has taught at Lehigh University, Columbia University, and Harvard University (GSD). He has published widely in the history of architecture from the military architecture of the Italian Renaissance to contemporary American architecture. His books include Firearms and Fortifications (1986) with Simon Pepper; The Architectural Drawings of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and His Circle (1994 and 2000), editor. Skidmore Owings & Merrill: SOM since 1936 (2007); Gunnar Asplund (2011); Gunnar Asplund's Gothenburg: The Transformation of Public Architecture in Interwar Europe (2014); Gordon Bunshaft and SOM: Building Corporate Modernism (2019). He has curated and co-curated two exhibitions of architectural books, at Vassar College (The Architect’s Library, 2014) and at the Erie County Public Library, Buffalo (Building Buffalo: Books from Buildings, Buildings from Books, 2017). He has served as editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and is currently on the board of the Italian architectural magazine, Casabella, where he has also published articles and reviews.


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