In April, over 240 alumni and friends gathered in Rome to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture’s Rome Studies Program.
Notre Dame’s Rome Studies Program has been enthusiastically supported by every leader of the architecture program for 50 years – through numerous changes in curriculum and faculty. Other American architecture schools have thriving Rome programs as well – regardless of style or philosophy, Rome draws people in this profession and everyone who studies there is marked by the experience in some way.
Wednesday, April 10
The first session of the academic conference - Architectural Education in Rome: A Plurality of Traditions - was opened by Rev. Richard Bullene, CSC '76 Academic Director of the Rome Studies Program and followed by a welcome from Tom Burish, Charles and Jill Fischer Provost.
The academic conference continued on Thursday morning with sessions from a wide array of leading experts.
The day began with a panel discussion on education in Rome featuring Fr. Bullene, Jeffrey Blanchard of Cornell University; Ezio Genovesi of the Rhode Island School of Design; and David Sabatello and Marco Martemucci of the Pantheon Institute. The panel was moderated by John Stamper of Notre Dame.
Next Sebastian Hierl, the Drue Heinz Librarian at the Arthur & Janet C. Ross Library at the American Academy in Rome offered A View into the American Academy in Rome.
Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization at Notre Dame gave an overview of the work of Notre Dame International, while Heather Hyde Minor, academic director of the Rome Global Gateway, presented on How the RGG supports Research and Scholarship. Krupali Uplekar Krusche, the School’s Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work gave an overview of international architecture research.
Jean-François Lejeune of the University of Miami presented The Splendid Ordinary - Housing and the Continuous City in Rome.
The day ended with a reception at the Rome Global Gateway where current students met alumni and friends. Dean Lykoudis and Bill Ponko ‘71 unveiled a bust of Frank Montana, a gift of the class of 1971, the first class in Rome to commemorate Professor Montana’s role in the establishment of the Rome Studies Program.
Friday concluded with a reception at the Rome Global Gateway where guests explored the exhibits including The Enduring Legacy of Frank Montana, featuring a collection of his work. Roma Cinquanta included photographs from 50 years of students in Rome. Cities in Text: Rome - A traveller's view of the Eternal City - this project, from the Historic Urban Environments Lab at Notre Dame (HUE/ND), launched at the celebration. It combines traditional library resources, such as archives and rare books, with new technologies to create innovative and exciting ways to study the built environment.
Much has changed at the School of Architecture in the 50 years since the program’s founding, but I hope that you might see that the important things have remained the same.
Saturday, April 13
Saturday morning was another time of exploration with excursions to Roman Forum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Quartiere Testaccio, Victor Emanuel Monument, EUR and Santa Maria della Pace among other locations.