John James Pron
TWO CITIES: PHILADELPHIA TO ROMA AND BACK AGAIN
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Temple's Rome Program, Emeritus Professor John James Pron will speak about that city's architectural heritage, the shared experiences of the many architecture alumni who studied there, and Rome's direct influence on his own artistic oeuvre.
Until his retirement in 2013, Pron taught design studios and lectured on architectural history, but his particular design was the historic preservationa nd adaptive reuse of older buildings - also the focus of his current consulting practice. He is a recipient of a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching as well as Temple University's Great Teacher Award - its highest academic honor. He knows the Rome capus well: he has led Study Tours of Italy in 1977, 1983 and 1987, taught at the Rome campus in 1996 and 2012, and had two sabbaticals there in 2002 and 2009.
Concurrent with this lecture, at the DVAA (DaVinci Art Alliance) Gallery, Pron has organized a show titled "YO, PIRANESI" witht he participation of 8 other architects/artists - 6 of whom are Temple Architecture Rome alumni - each considering the impact of his famed "views of Rome" on contemporary Philadelphia. See the gallery website for details. Receptions on Weds 1 Mar, 6-8pm and Sat 4 Mar, 1-5pm.