From Craft to Profession by Mary N. Woods
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From Craft to Profession
By Mary N. Woods

From Craft to Profession

The Practice of Architecture in Nineteenth-Century America

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From Craft to Profession by Mary N. Woods

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This is the first in-depth study of how the architectural profession emerged in early American history. Mary Woods dispels the prevailing notion that the profession developed under the leadership of men formally schooled in architecture as an art during the late nineteenth century. Instead, she cites several instances in the early 1800s of craftsmen-builders who shifted their identity to that of professional architects. While struggling to survive as designers and supervisors of construction projects, these men organized professional societies and worked for architectural education, appropriate compensation, and accreditation. In such leading architectural practitioners as B. Henry Latrobe, Alexander J. Davis, H. H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, and Stanford White, Woods sees collaborators, partners, merchandisers, educators, and lobbyists rather than inspired creators. She documents their contributions as well as those, far less familiar, of women architects and people of color in the profession's early days. Woods's extensive research yields a remarkable range of archival materials: correspondence among carpenters; 200-year-old lawsuits; architect-client spats; the organization of craft guilds, apprenticeships, university programs, and correspondence schools; and the structure of architectural practices, labor unions, and the building industry. In presenting a more accurate composite of the architectural profession's history, Woods lays a foundation for reclaiming the profession's past and recasting its future. Her study will appeal not only to architects, but also to historians, sociologists, and readers with an interest in architecture's place in America today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520214941
ISBN-10: 0520214943
Format: Hardback
(254mm x 178mm x 19mm)
Pages: 281
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 12-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mary N. Woods

Mary N. Woods is an architectural historian and Associate Professor of Architecture at Cornell University.

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