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Research

  • Pedagogy into Practice: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architecture of Discourse
  • GRANTEE
    Igor Marjanovic
    GRANT YEAR
    2011

Alvin Boyarsky, Cambodia Sit-in, University of Illinois at Chicago-Circle, 1970. © Alvin Boyarsky Archive, London.

Pedagogy into Practice probes the contributions of Alvin Boyarsky (1928–90), an educator, critic, and historian whose work engaged a breadth of themes, formats, and media outlets. By mapping Boyarsky's prolific system of publications, exhibitions, and events, Igor Marjanovic examines pedagogy as critical territory for a global repositioning of architectural education and practice in the face of rapid social, economic and cultural change. Emerging from the watershed of modernism and postmodernism, Boyarsky's transatlantic conduits of words and images encompassed a number of emergent theories and their protagonists, including Bernard Tschumi, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, John Hejduk, Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman, and many others. Pedagogy into Practice situates these diverse voices within Boyarsky's pedagogical channels as agents of wider architectural culture—a form of discursive architectural practice that questioned the boundaries between academia and practice, between local and global, and between production and consumption.

Igor Marjanovic is associate professor of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. He is a recipient of the 2009 American Institute of Architects Education Honor Award for his Florence Studio. His writings on Alvin Boyarsky appeared in Chicago Architecture, Critical Architecture, AA Files, and ARQ. Together with Katerina Ruedi Ray, he directs ReadyMade Studio, which was featured in the Ten Visions show at the Art Institute of Chicago. Their coauthored books include Marina City: Bertrand Goldberg's Urban Vision (supported by Graham Foundation), The Portfolio, and Practical Experience. He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was interim director of undergraduate studies, and Iowa State University, where he was director of the Core Design Program. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received the Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Scholarship, and the University of Belgrade, Serbia, completing his thesis at the Moscow Architectural Institute.