The Charlottesville Tapes Revisited: The Architectural Discipline Then and Now

Fall 2023 FGRU Recipient

Lauren Austin McQuistion (Architecture)

In the fall of 1982, Jaquelin Robertson, Dean of the UVA School of Architecture, hosted an international conference dedicated to the state of architectural practices. Staged in the Rotunda, the prominent architects invited to attend the proceedings debated shifting ideological viewpoints on innovation and tradition, history and theory, and modern and post-modern aesthetics. Their conversations were later published as the book, The Charlottesville Tapes. With support from undergraduate researchers, this project seeks to investigate the mythos around the conference’s proceedings and its lasting repercussions on architectural discourse and pedagogy that have extended beyond UVA and the US context well into the 21st century.