The Ninth Biennial Graduate Group Symposium is dedicated to Barbara Miller Lane, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus of the Humanities and Professor Emeritus of History. With this dedication, we honor Professor Lane's pioneering work in the field of domestic architecture and her role in shaping interdisciplinary studies at Bryn Mawr.
While her early publications focus on twentieth-century German architecture and ideology, Professor Lane's latest work treats modern domestic architecture. Her edited anthology, Housing and Dwelling: Perspectives on Modern and Domestic Architecture (Routledge, 2007), features three of her own essays among its sixty-five contributions: "The home as a work of art: Finland and Sweden," "Modern architecture and politics in Germany, 1918-1945," and "Edgar Reitz's Heimat." Her current project, entitled, American Builders' Houses 1945-1965, examines the neglected subject of middle-class domestic architecture through source material drawn from across America. She has received international recognition for her work: the University of Helsinki awarded Professor Lane the Medal of Honor in 1996, and she has held fellowships and visiting positions at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Fellow, 1990-91), the Technische Universität, Berlin (Visiting Lecturer, 1991), and the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm (Visiting Lecturer, 2002). Most recently, Professor Lane was named a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians this past spring (2013).
While in the History department at Bryn Mawr, Professor Lane was instrumental in founding the interdisciplinary Growth and Structure of Cities Program, and she served as its director from 1971-1989 and in 1996-1997. She was honored in 1988 with the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. From 1999-2004, she was the Katherine McBride Professor in Cities and History of Art and taught classes cross-listed in both departments. In 2004, she served as the first director of the Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art. We are especially pleased to honor Professor Lane with this dedication in the tenth anniversary year of the Graduate Group, which she helped to found.