Judith Dupre: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Judith Dupre

Architecture Historian, Critic, and Writer

Architecture Historian and Writer Judith Dupre is passionate about the built environment. A New York Times bestselling author, historian, and National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar, she lectures widely on architecture and creativity. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University, where she is a fellow of Saybrook College and a named scholar at the Institute of Sacred Music. She received degrees in English and Studio Art from Brown University, and later studied at the Open Atelier of Design and Architecture in Manhattan. Above all, she seeks to engage and delight those who profess not to “know much” about architecture. An intrepid traveler, amateur gardener, and weekend cruciverbalist, she lives outside New York City with her sons.

In her own words:
For almost three decades, I have devoted myself to engaging the public in a conversation about architecture—through speaking, teaching, and writing. My books investigate history through different building types, including skyscrapers, bridges, churches, and monuments. Expressing the dimensions of time and history within the limits of the printed page is an ongoing obsession. Consequently, I also expend a good deal of thought thinking about how the general reader absorbs information and, even more fundamentally since the advent of the Web, how the printed page is approached, read, and retained.

Increasingly, I am pushing the boundaries of narrative structure, evident in two recent books. Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Art and Life (2010) seeks to tell an old story in a new way. The writing is hybrid, partaking of biography, history, doctrinal study, visual analysis, and spiritual memoir in order to begin to describe how the Virgin is actually experienced today. Monuments (2007) evokes the fluid nature of memory and remembrance by blurring the borders between narrative nonfiction and personal memoir. The reader chooses how to engage the photographs, essays and marginalia.

My newest book, One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building, is the first history written about the new World Trade Center. While opinions vary widely about the results of this highly charged project, and the site is still too new to judge its ultimate coherence, my book documents the struggles and triumphs of its birth. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which owns the Trade Center, has provided me with unfettered access to their site, suppliers, and archives. I am the only author who has been given such access.

I have been assisted by a number of fellowships and grants, notably from Yale University, National Endowment for the Humanities, NYS Foundation for the Arts, NYS Council on the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony.

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  • One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building
  • Mary: Images of the Divine in Art and Architecture
  • Supertall, Supergreen: The Future of Sustainable Design
  • History in Brick and Stone: The Secrets of Old Buildings

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