chapter  4
12 Pages

The experience of architecture

WithHarry Francis Mallgrave

The former director of the PhD program at the IIT, Harry Francis Mallgrave, discussed the origins of the doctoral program founded at IIT in the 1990s. During his tenure in the role of PhD program director between 2012–14, Mallgrave introduced a line of studies grounded within the humanities, drawing upon new findings on ourselves gained in the social and biological sciences. He also discussed his doctoral research on Gottfried Semper at Penn in the late-1970s.* Today, Mallgrave distances himself from doctoral studies focused primarily on theory, arguing that the experience of architecture is primarily corporeal, social, and emotional and has little to do with the conceptualizations of late-twentieth century formalist models of design.**