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April 11: Architecture History Professor Diane Shaw Receives Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award


Eric Sloss                           

Architecture History Professor Diane Shaw Receives
Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award at Carnegie Mellon

PITTSBURGH—Diane Shaw, an associate professor in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, is the 2008 recipient of the Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award. Given annually to a faculty member in the university's College of Fine Arts for excellence in undergraduate teaching and advising, the award is named after the first dean of the college and architect of the original campus buildings.

"Professor Shaw's commitment to the expansion of the architectural history curriculum, and her ability to make the highest levels of history and theory accessible to all years of students, are in the true spirit of the Henry Hornbostel Teaching Award," said Hilary Robinson, the Stanley and Marcia Gumberg Dean of the College of Fine Arts. "We are pleased to recognize Diane and her teaching with this award."

Shaw, who has taught at Carnegie Mellon for 10 years, is responsible for the history curriculum in the School of Architecture and has expanded the course offerings. She teaches a required architectural survey course for sophomores and also teaches lecture and seminar courses on the architectural history of places from the United States to Central and South America, and Asia.

Shaw earned a Ph.D. in architectural history from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in history from George Washington University, and a bachelor's degree in history from Smith College. She focuses on the social aspects of architecture.

Shaw is the author of "City Building on the Eastern Frontier: Sorting the New 19th Century City." Dell Upton of the University of Virginia wrote in a review, "Diane Shaw shows us what is significant and distinctive about the small cities.... She draws urban geography, architectural history and social life into an intimate and fresh portrait of the dreams, successes and failures of the men and women who created them."

Shaw's articles have also appeared in Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, The Public Historian and the Journal of Urban History.