Mardges Bacon

Matthews Distinguished University Professor Emerita

A specialist in modern and American architecture, Mardges Bacon teaches architectural and urban history. Her courses include the two-semester survey in Modern Architecture and Urbanism as well as the graduate Seminar in Modern Architecture. Professor Bacon is the author of Le Corbusier in America: Travels in the Land of the Timid (MIT Press, 2001) and Ernest Flagg: Beaux-Arts Architect and Urban Reformer (MIT Press, 1986), for which she received a book award from the Vistorian Society of America, New York Chapter. She is both editor and author of the introduction to “Symbolic Essence” and Other Writings on Modern Architecture and American Culture by William H. Jordy, in association with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University (Yale University Press, 2005). Professor Bacon is also the author of numerous articles in scholarly journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias, as well as an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times. Mardges Bacon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987) as well as grants from the Whiting Foundation (2005) and Graham Foundation (1998). In 1988 she was named an Associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Professor Bacon has served as a Director of the Society of Architectural Historians. She has lectured at Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, MIT, RISD in Providence, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently she serves on the editorial boards of two international journals: Massilia and Environment, Land, Society: Architectonics.

Area of Research

Le Corbusier

20th Century Modernism

Modernism and the Vernacular in Architecture

Courses Taught

19th Century Architecture & Urbanism

20th Century Architecture & Urbanism

Seminar in Modern Architecture