Ted Whitten, Architect & Writer
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Articles, Books, and Other Writing Projects

Since architecture school, where I edited the student yearbook twice, I have written about architecture, both as a consultant to architecture firms and for general publication. I seem to possess the somewhat unusual distinction of having two sets of complementary skills and experiences—those of a writer and an architect. Below are some samples of my work.

Casabella Magazine

September, 2017

I was honored to write a descriptive article about Gray Organschi Architecture's Common Ground School for Casabella (translated into Italian, not by me). Founded in 1928 and edited by some of the great historians and critics, Casabella is one of architecture's distinguished international journals. The article was published in Italian and isn't online, so here is the original English text, and here is a link to images of the building.

Perform: Designing for the Performing Arts, PCPA

November, 2017

I served as editor and writer for this book, a “coffee table” monograph of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s performing arts design. It includes essays by distinguished theater designers, an interview with Cesar Pelli, Fred Clarke, and Mitchell Hirsch, and layouts on nearly twenty projects. The book was designed by Pentagram and published by Images. Starting in November of 2017, you can purchase it here.

The Yale Building Project: The First 40 Years

August, 2007

The Yale Building Project is one of the most distinctive parts of the Yale School of Architecture’s graduate program: every year, the first-year students design and build a project in New Haven. For the 40th anniversary of the program, the school commissioned a book on its history, and I wrote articles on about 15 of the projects, mostly from the 70s and 80s. You can purchase the book here.

Mission Building: Architectural Discourse at Conservative Chrsitian Schools of Architecture

2008-2012

In 2008, I received a research grant from the Graham Foundation to visit and conduct interviews at a few evangelical Christian colleges that have accredited schools of architecture--Judson University in Elgin, Illinois (American Baptist Churches USA), and Andrews University in Berrian Springs, Michigan (Seventh-day Adventist Church). You can read my project description here.

The Harm A. Weber Academic Center at Judson University, Elgin, Illinois, by Short & Associates

Metropolis / Yale Constructs

2000-2008

In the years after graduating from architecture school, I wrote periodically for the alumni magazine, Yale Constructs. I reviewed symposia, including one on the life and work of Louis Kahn and one on the emergence of building information modelling, a technology that has transformed the way buildings are designed.

I also wrote about events outside of the school, including an enormous public meeting to discuss the future of Ground Zero, and the preservation of the Pirelli Building, Marcel Breuer’s notable building on Route 95 in New Haven. My first article was published in Metropolis Magazine, on the restoration of the Yale Art + Architecture Building. I was still in school at the time.