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Jan. 25, 2006

Bruegmann Discusses Architecture On UI Campus In Feb. 1 Lecture

Robert Bruegmann, a visiting lecturer in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will present a lecture, "Walter Netsch: Modernism at Midcentury in Iowa," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Room E 109 of the UI Art Building.

Bruegmann, a historian of architecture, landscape and the built environment, is on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago. His lecture will be free and open to the public.

Netsch designed several buildings on the UI campus: the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences (1974), Bowen Science Building (1972), and Lindquist Center (1973/1980). Law Prof. Willard L. "Sandy" Boyd, who was UI president at the time, worked closely with Netsch on all three projects. Netsch was the principal partner in the Chicago office of the influential architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill in the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

Bruegmann received a bachelor's degree from Principia College and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1977 he became assistant professor in the Art History department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he is currently professor and chair of the department, with appointments in the School of Architecture and the Program in Urban Planning and Policy. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia College of the Arts, MIT and Columbia University. He has also worked for the Historic American Buildings Survey and Historic American Engineering Record of the National Park Service.

His fields of research and teaching are architectural, urban, landscape, and planning history and historic preservation. He has received scholarships and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Graham Foundation, the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University and the Institute for the Humanities and the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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