Back To Our Roots

View toward the Abbey of Saint Antoine in the Isère region, one of the sites studied by John Robbins in 1990.

We are pleased to annonce a new title in the digital library of RMHP Fellows’ and Scholars’ Final Reports, thanks to the generous support of the Sondra & Charles Gilman, Jr. Foundation.

John Robbins, the First American RMHP Fellow

In 1990, the first Richard Morris Hunt Prize laureate wrote “the traditions for the historic sites and monuments are different in France than in the United States. In France they are mainly works of art and architecture; in the United States, they are principally monuments of political and social history. A subtle but important difference. Both American and French preservationists have a lot to offer and the exchange made possible by the RMHP is an excellent beginning”. What foresight, John.

That was almost 30 years ago! There are now 33 laureates. What human wealth, friendships made, professional enrichment and progress. The research projects undertaken by the laureates are more and more concerneed with the problems of tomorrow’s architecture. Each year brings new possibilities, an aid to the profession, illustrating the RMHP motto: “Innovate to preserve”.

— Michèle le Menestrel Ullrich, RMHP Founder

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John Robbins is Deputy Administrator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He was first trained as an architect at the University of Virginia, and later worked for the National Park Service. This year, John was elected to the ICCROM executive committee. To learn about his career and ICCROM nomination, follow this link

On the National Mall, Hunt Laureates Past and Present Reunite

Near the Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden: John Robbins, Bob Hotes, Thom Minner, Florence Declaveillère, Tina Roach. Washington, D.C., August 2017

From our Scholar’s journal…

Currently travelling in the United States as part of her research mission, 2016 Richard Morris Hunt Scholar Florence Declaveillère had the opportunity to meet with Tina Roach (Fellow 2009) and Bob Hotes (Fellow 2011) during her passage through Washington, D.C., organized by RMHP USA Program Director Thom Minner. Visits included the Mellon Auditorium, the Georgetown waterfront and C&O Canal. John Robbins (Fellow 1990), Deputy Administrator of the National Gallery of Art, received Declaveillère for a luncheon and tour of the beautiful public building under his watch.

According to our latest news, Florence Declaveillère was dreaming under the luxurious live oaks of Savannah, visiting house museums and discovering that beautiful city under the guidance of SCAD professor and ICOMOS board member Jeff Eley. We wish Florence all the best as she continues her exploration of America’s waterfront towns.

Mies van der Rohe : an architectural landmark in Barcelona

© National Gallery, Berlin, 1968

By Jacqueline Mainguy

It was at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona that the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe first exhibited his avant-garde talent. The German Pavilion was nestled in a wooded corner on the hill of Montjuic Park: Mies van der Rohe didn’t want to be crowded in by the many other international exhibitors. He was representing Germany, and welcomed the Spanish monarch Alfonso XIII as well as German officials. Through his building, Mies van der Rohe presented all the essential aspects of his architectural philosophy:  perfect symmetry, space, clarity, simplicity and minimalism. Continue reading

Fellows Connect in Chicago

Lucas Monsaingeon with Mary Brush in Chicago, July 2017

JULY 2017 – Currently conducting research travel in the United States, 2016 RMHP Fellow Lucas Monsaingeon was recently hosted in Chicago by 2005 Fellow Mary Brush, FAIA. In a fine example of RMHP network activity, Mary and Lucas were led on a tour of Chicago’s bridges by engineer Stan Kaderbek. Lucas was named Richard Morris Hunt Fellow in December 2015, after presenting the Paris jury with his research proposal, “Bridges: Monuments Balanced Above the Void.”