Richard Guy Wilson: From Aesthetic to Gilded: Newport’s Revolutionary Interiors

Interior Design Lecture Series
March 9, 2014, 5:30–6:30 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

Reception to follow lecture at 6:30 p.m. (Timken reception area)
Free and open to the public
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Richard Guy Wilson is a noted architectural historian and Commonwealth professor in Architectural History at the University of Virginia.

Wilson's research and writing has focused on American architecture from the 18th to the 20th centuries. He is the author or joint author of 16 books that deal with American and modern architecture.

Wilson has been the curator and author for major museum exhibitions such as The American Renaissance, 1876-1917; The Art that is Life: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America; The Machine Age in America, 1918-1941; The Making of Virginia Architecture; and Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia.

Wilson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He taught at Michigan and Iowa State University before moving to the University of Virginia in 1976. He received the outstanding professor award at Virginia in 2001.

Wilson has received a number of academic honors, among them a Guggenheim fellow, prizes for distinguished writing, and in 1986 he was made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

He received the outstanding professor award at the University of Virginia in 2001. He has directed the Victorian Society’s Nineteenth Century Summer School since 1979 that has been located in Boston, Philadelphia, and currently Newport, Rhode Island.

He has also served as an advisor and commentator for a number of television programs on PBS, A&E, and 67 segments of America's Castles.

He received his BA at the University of Colorado in 1963, and his MA and PhD at the University of Michigan in 1968 and 1972, respectively.

Editor's note: Wilson will also be lecturing on "Edith Wharton at Home: Life at the Mount" on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 8 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium of the de Young Museum.