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.”

RMHP Final Reports Collection Takes Shape

Click here to access Mary Brush’s Final ReportMary Brush’s Final Report Published Online

The Collection of RMHP Final Reports just expanded with the addition of a second title, this time by Mary Brush, FAIA, Fellow 2005. This publication was made possible by the Sondra & Charles Gilman Foundation.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Mary worked in prestigious firms such as Holabird & Root and Klein and Hoffman before starting her own firm, Brush Architects, LLC. Her academic background is brilliant: a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994, an M.S. in Historic Preservation from PennDesign in 1991, following an undergraduate studies in architecture at William Smith College in Geneva, New York.


Mary Brush, Fellow 2005

As Walter J. Hainsfuther, FAIA, of Design Team, LLC, writes, “Mary has been recognized internationally for her work in preserving historic structures, with a particular emphasis on the building envelope, over her entire career”. Her career perfectly illustrates an idea evoked by 2013 Rome Prize laureat Tom Mayes: “The notion that old places matter is not primarily about the past. It is about why old places matter to people today and for the future. It is about why old places are critical to people’s sense of who they are, to their capacity to find meaning in their lives, and to see a future.”

Mary, with the sensibilities drawn from her French roots, has always been attracted by France. The Richard Morris Hunt Prize has given her the possibility of increasing her knowledge, of exchanging and finally sharing it. In this way, she fits perfectly with our goal.

We wish to recognize to the patient and dedicated technical work of Javier Guillén Jimenez, who was able to format the original 2005 document and adapt it in the two languages for publication on this website. He deserves all our thanks.

Click here to access Mary Brush’s Final Report