Kathryn (Kate) Holliday is an architecture and landscape historian with a strong commitment to community-engaged, place-based historic preservation. She studied architecture, art history, and environmental studies at Williams College and the University of Texas at Austin and she brings this interdisciplinary approach to the classroom and to her writing. She has written extensively about the formation of the American architecture profession, its culture, and its leadership and is an advocate for changing models of architecture education and practice that allow for a more diverse range of voices and ideas.


PhD, University of Texas at Austin, School of Architecture

MA, University of Texas at Austin, College of Fine Arts

BA, Williams College

Other Publications

2019    The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture, edited with an introduction by Kathryn Holliday, foreword by Robert Decherd, afterword by Stephen Fox. Austin: University of Texas Press.
2012    Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century. New York: Rizzoli.
2008    Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age. New York: W. W. Norton.

Book Chapters
2023    “The Architect at Mid-Century: The AIA and Architecture Education, 1857 and 1957,” in Peter Laurence, ed., Histories of Architecture Education in the United States. London: Routledge.
2021    “Making the Woods for the Little Chapel: The Native Landscape Movement and Modern Architecture in Texas,” in Wilfried Wang, ed., O’Neil Ford Monograph Series No. 8: The Little Chapel in the Woods. Berlin Wasmuth &Zohlen.
2020    “To Be Modern in Texas: Lone Star Avant-Garde,” for Making Houston Modern: The Architecture and Life of Howard Barnstone, Barrie Scardino Bradley, Stephen Fox, Michelangelo Sabatino, editors, University of Texas Press; 2020.

Articles, Essays, etc.
2020    “Building the Network: Telephone Buildings in the United States,” invited interpretive essay and five new building entries for the Society of Architectural Historians Archipedia.
2019    Kathryn Holliday (primary author, 80%) and Colleen Casey (20%), “Urban Sprawl, Social Media and the Town Hall Square as a Symbol for Civic Culture,” Moderne Stadtgeschichte 1 (2019): 89-103. Publication of the Gesellschaft für Stadtgeschichte und Urbanisierungsforschung, special issue on global town hall squares edited by Christoph Strupp and Malte Thießen
2014    “Place and the City Biography: Between the Local and the Universal in the Sun Belt,” Journal of Urban History 40 (July 2014): 792-98.
2013    “The Architecture of Telecommunication: Verizon Building (Barclay-Vesey Building for the New York Telephone Company),” Journal of Architectural Education 67:1 (Spring 2013): 156-58.
2013    “Historiography of Southern Architecture” and “Resort Architecture,” contributor, The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Charles Reagan, ed., 2nd ed. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.
2012    “Beginnings and Endings: Phoebe Stanton on Pugin’s Contrasts,” invited review essay, Journal of Architectural Education, special issue “Beginning Design/ACSA 100,” 65:2 (Spring 2012): 106-16.
2009    “Whose City Hall Is It? Architecture and Identity in New Orleans.” Journal of Urban Design 14, n.3 (August 2009): 279-308.
2009    Guest editor, “Unraveling the Textile in Modern Architecture.” Special issue of Studies in the Decorative Arts XVI, n. 2 (Spring-Summer 2009), the journal of the Bard Graduate Center. Editor’s introduction, 2-6.
2009    “Walls as Curtains: Architecture and Humanism in Ralph Walker’s 1920s Skyscrapers,” Studies in the Decorative Arts XVI, n.2 (Spring-Summer 2009): 39-65.
2007    “The Architecture Profession and the Public: Leopold Eidlitz’s ‘Discourses Between Two T-Squares’,” Journal of Architectural Education 61, n.1 (September 2007): 32-43.
2006    “‘Build More and Draw Less’: The AIA and Leopold Eidlitz’s Grand Central School of Architecture,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 65, n.3 (September 2006): 378-401.

Book and Exhibition reviews
2021    Book review, Melissa Baugh and Michael Fazio, Buildings of Mississippi and Robert Cangelosi, New Orleans Architecture Vol. IX: Carrollton in Arris32, 74–76.
2021    Book review, Opus in Brick and Stone: The Architectural Planning Heritage of Texas Tech University in Southwestern Historical QuarterlyCXXV(1), 92–93.
2020    Book review, George E. Thomas, Frank Furness: Architecture in the Age of the Great Machines in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, July 2020.

2018    Book review, Nancy McCoy and David Woodcock, Architecture that Speaks: S. C. P. Vosper and Ten Remarkable Buildings at Texas A&M in Southwestern Historian Quarterly 122, n.2 (October 2018): 221-23.

2017    “Constructing Houston’s Future: The Architecture of Arthur Evan Jones and Lloyd Morgan Jones,” Cite Magazine (2017).

2012    Book review, Wayne Craven, Gilded Mansions: Grand Architecture and High Society. Winterthur Portfolio 46, n.1 (Spring 2012): 107-08.

2010    Book review, James F. O’Gorman, In Every Manner of Architectural Style: The Architecture of Henry Austin in Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 69, n.2 (June 2010): 282-83.

2006    Exhibition review, “Adolf Cluss, Architect: From Germany to America,” Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Washington, DC, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 65, n. 4 (December 2006): 646-648.

Blog Posts


    SOM Foundation Research Prize, “Reclaiming Black Settlements: A Design Playbook for Historic Communities in the Shadow of Sprawl,” 2020

    National Park Service Civil Rights grant, “Freedman’s Town Stories,” awarded to bcWorkshop in partnership with the Dillon Center, 2018-20.


    Society of Architectural Historians

    Society for the History of Technology

    Urban History Association

    Society for American City and Regional Planning History

    Vernacular Architecture Forum

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