Discipline: Architecture – text

Edward Ford

Discipline: Architecture – text
Region: Charlottesville, VA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2014, 2018

Edward Ford is a practicing architect in Charlottesville, Virginia. Five Houses, Ten Details published by the Princeton Architectural Press, is the story of that practice and his work has also been published in The New American House, Japan Architect, Competitions, The Cambridge Journal of Architecture, and exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Foundation for Architecture, the Washington and Boston Chapters of the AIA, and featured on the House and Garden Channel. He received his B.S. and M.Arch. from Washington University and is currently the Vincent and Eleanor Shea Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. He is the author of the two volumes of The Details of Modern Architecture (MIT Press, 1990, 1996), and The Architectural Detail (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) in addition to numerous articles in L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, eaV, the Journal of the Versailles School of Architecture, Detail, Harvard Design Magazine, and Perspecta his books have been translated in to German, Japanese, and Chinese. His designs and publications have been recognized by the AIA, Lingua Franca, the Association of Academic Publishers, and The Architects Journal. In 2011 Designers and Books named The Details of Modern Architecture to the list of “Books Every Architect Should Read” and named The Architectural Detail as one of the notable books of 2011. He is currently at work on a book that will combine architectural designs and historical analysis, Dastardly Acts: Explorations in the Primitive and Archaic and the Vernacular.



Edward Ford worked in the Adams studio.

Given to the MacDowell Association by Margaret Adams of Chicago, the half-timbered, stuccoed Adams Studio was designed by MacDowell Fellow and architect F. Tolles Chamberlin ca. 1914. Chamberlin was primarily a painter, but also provided designs for the Lodge and an early renovation of the main hall. The studio’s structural integrity was restored during a thorough renovation in…

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