Discipline: Architecture – text

Lynnette Widder

Discipline: Architecture – text
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Lynnette Widder is a practicing architect and current professor in sustainability management at Columbia University. From 2001-12, she was an associate professor at RISD and was the head of their department of architecture.

Widder is the co-author of Live Projects: Pedagogy into Practice (Taylor and Francis, 2014) and Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow (William Stout, 2010). Her writing on architectural history and sustainable building has appeared in journals like Daidalos, Bauwelt, Manifest, Journal of Industrial Ecology, and The Social Science Journal. Her professional work with the firm Aardvarchitecture has been published internationally. Widder was also a 2021 Fellow at the Institute for Ideas and Imagination at Reid Hall in Paris.

From Year Zero to Economic Miracle - Hans Schwippert and Sep Ruf in Postwar West German Building Culture will be issued in Summer/Fall 2022. While at MacDowell, she worked on a collection of essays about the immediate postwar period in West Germany based upon research completed through a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The first of these was published in The Oxonian Review in June 2022.



Lynnette Widder 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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