Discipline: Architecture – text

Edward Ford

Discipline: Architecture – text
Region: Charlottesville, VA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2014, 2018, 2023

Architect Edward Ford 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 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. His architectural work is the subject of his book Five Houses, Ten Details.

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 has taught at Washington University-St. Louis, the University of Texas, Austin, the University of Arkansas, and the University of Virginia.

At MacDowell in 2014, Ford worked on his fifth book, which combines architectural designs and historical analysis, Dastardly Acts: Explorations in the Primitive and Archaic and the Vernacular. During his 2018 Fellowship, he continued his work on a series of books dealing with the subject of the archaic in recent and contemporary architecture. In 2023, Ford completed the design layout for his comprehensive history of an American phenomenon, Searching for Authenticity: Rustic Architecture in America 1877-1940 to be published by ORO Editions in the Spring.



Edward Ford worked in the Mansfield studio.

The Helen Coolidge Mansfield Studio was donated by graduates of the Mansfield War Service Classes for Reconstruction Aides. Helen Mansfield helped found the New York MacDowell Club. The small, shingled frame structure with stone foundation was originally fronted on the west side by a neat white picket fence and gate, a garden, and a stone pathway…

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