Meredith L. Clausen
Meredith L. Clausen is a professor in the departments of Art History and Architecture, where she has taught architectural history since 1979, with occasional quarters at Stanford University. She received her M.A. in Gothic architecture and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in modern architecture. Her dissertation was on the Samaritaine, a department store and the first permanent steel building to be built in Paris at the turn of the century. Her research interests have since then expanded beyond Paris 1900, to include aspects of American architecture in the 20th century, particularly post-war developments. Among these are the development of the department store as a building type, the origins of the regional shopping center, the life and work of the Italian-born, American-trained architect Pietro Belluschi and his career, first in the Pacific Northwest and then as Dean of Architecture and Urban Planning at MIT. More recently, her work has focused on Michael Graves and the politics of the Portland Public Service Building commission, and Craig Ellwood and his career as a Case Study House architect in Los Angeles. Her book on the Pan Am Building in New York is currently in press.
She is also currently involved in developing and expanding an online database of copyright-controlled digitized images of cities and buildings drawn from across time and throughout the world as a multi-disciplinary resource for students, faculty, and others in the academic community. (See http://content.lib.washington.edu/cities/index.html.) Since its inception in 1995, the database has grown steadily both in volume and coverage, with a wide range of images from remote regions in Russia, Tibet, Nepal, Indonesia, Burma, Hong Kong, Cairo, and so on, in addition to the customary European and American sites. It is a resource available to anyone free of cost with access to the Web for use in the classroom, student study, or for individual research purposes.
Her books include: Pietro Belluschi, Modern American Architect (1994), Spiritual Space: The Religious Architecture of Pietro Belluschi (1992), and Frantz Jourdain, Art Nouveau Theory and Criticism, and the Samaritaine, (1987). She has also published articles in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Casabella, American Historical Review, Architectronic, and the Encyclopedia of Architecture, Design, Engineering and Construction.