Dr David Brownlee

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David B. Brownlee, Ph.D., FSAH, is the Frances Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania.
A historian of modern architecture and urbanism in Europe and America, his many writings on Philadelphia topics include:
  • Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1989),
  • Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture (with David G. De Long,1991),
  • Making a Modern Classic: The Architecture of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (1997),
  • Out of the Ordinary: Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown and Associates
  • Architecture, Urbanism, Design (with David De Long and Kathryn Hiesinger, 2001),
  • and The Barnes Foundation: Two Buildings, One Mission (2012).
His scholarship has won five major publication awards, and he was named a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2015. Brownlee is a recipient of the University of Pennsylvania's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2007-2012 he was editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Active in public service, Brownlee served a term on Historic Preservation Board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for 15 years on the Philadelphia Historical Commission, where he chaired the designation committee.
He has been a member of the board of the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks and is now a member of the board of the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. He was a founding member of the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia, which he now serves as a vice chair. Click here for CV