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Practice : Spring 2012
David Rif kind is a historian who unea rths and explores the past and as a teacher of f ut ure architects, his work continues to enrich the greater design community. David teache s architectura l history and theory at the College of Architecture a nd the Arts at Florida Internationa l University. His rese arch examines architec - tural respon ses to processes of modernization, w ith special emphasis on the relationships between modern a rchitecture a nd political forc es during Italy’s twenty-year period of fa scist rule. He ha s lectured widely and published several article s on the subject, a nd is re vising his dissertation for publication a s The Battle for Moder nism: Quadrante and the Politicization of Architectural Discourse in Fascist Italy. His subsequent resea rch on Italian colonial urban planning and architecture in East Africa is the first such work to integrate exten sive field study in Ethiopia with archival research in Europe and the United States. His article on Italian colonial urbanism in Ethiopia will appe ar this ye ar in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. This continuing project c omprises the first c omponent in a long-term study of modern architecture and urban planning throughout Africa. A practicing a rchitect, he is a graduate of McGill University’s program in architec- tural history and theory before graduating from the Boston Architectural College. David is both the re cipient of the 2011 James Ackerman Award in the history of a rchitecture for his forthcoming book The Battle for Mod ernism: Q uadrante and the Politicization of Architectural Discourse in Fascist Italy and the 2011–2012 Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) Best Article Award presented by the A s sociation of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for his ess ay, “Misprision of Preced ent: Design as Creative Misreading,” origina lly published in the March 2011 issue of JAE. JAE has been the prima ry venue for rese arch a nd c ommentary on architectural educ ation since it wa s founded in 1947. In 1982 the JAE established a blind-pe er-re vie w process, making it the oldest continuing operating journa l of its kind. David and wife Holly Zickler ’96, also a graduate of the BAC, a re currently designing a nd building a LEED Platinum house. Their blog, Tin box, chronicles the two architects’ thoughts on design, construction, neighbor- hoods, ga rdening, c ooking, modern life, a nd any aspect of sustainability — social or environmental—that comes to mind. Their focus is on this single family house in South Mia mi, Florida , though their online musing may wander farther a field. They post reg ul ar updates on the design, c onstruction a nd commissioning of their new home. Awarded Journal of Architectural Education Best Article Award presented by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture for the essay, Misprision of Precedent: Design as Creative Misreading David Rifkind ’92 David Rifkind PRACTICE 40 ALUMNI NEWS ] FEATURED ALUMNI