In this episode of Architecture, Design & Photography we sit down with writer and design-firm owner Joseph Giovannini, whose latest book is Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde (Rizzoli, 2021).
Architecture Unbound // Joseph Giovannini. In this episode of Architecture, Design & Photography we sit down with writer and design-firm owner Joseph Giovannini, whose latest book is Architecture Unbound: A Century of the Disruptive Avant-Garde (Rizzoli, 2021). In it, Joseph examines the influence of twentieth-century avant-garde movements on the contemporary architectural landscape through the work of “disruptors” such as Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, and Zaha Hadid. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in criticism three times, Joseph has written thousands of articles on architecture, design, and urbanism for The New York Times, Art in America, Architect Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and Vanity Fair, among others. He has served as the architecture critic for New York Magazine, Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and Los Angeles Review of Books. Joseph was a staff reporter for The New York Times, to which he still contributes. A Yale graduate, Joseph also has an M.A. in French Language and Literature from Middlebury College, earned through studies at the Sorbonne, and an M.Arch from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He has taught studios, mostly in graduate programs, at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Southern California Institute of Architecture, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Innsbruck, and Harvard University, the Carpenter Center. Joseph has won several grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; from Furthermore, a branch of New York’s JM Kaplan Fund, and from the NEA.
Trained as an architect, Joseph heads his own design firm, Giovannini Associates. Published projects have appeared in Architectural Digest, Los Angeles Times Magazine, A + U, Domus, House & Garden, GA Houses, Architekur und Wohnen, Sites, Interior Design, and The New York Times. Born in Los Angeles, Joseph lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
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