With the phrase “Dear Good Friends of Trinity University, 715 Stadium Drive, San Antonio, Texas” (164), O'Neil Ford explained his need to restructure his commencement address, titled “The End of a Beginning,” composed to accompany his acceptance of an honorary doctorate in 1967. Ford began by confessing his nervousness in delivering a speech to an academic audience and claimed that he would be far more comfortable if he could frame the talk as a letter. And so he did. Trinity University at that time had occupied its new campus for about a decade, and Ford had played an influential role in its planning and designed several of its buildings. He spoke to those assembled as an architect and builder. A recurring theme in the talks and writings collected in this compact volume is Ford's belief in architecture as a reality rather than as a theoretical subject. Over his long career,...
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Book Review| September 01 2021
Review: O'Neil Ford on Architecture
O'Neil Ford on ArchitectureEdited by Kathryn E. O'Rourke
University of Texas Press,
2019, 280 pp., 5 b/w illus. $29.95 (cloth), ISBN 9781477316382
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2021) 80 (3): 356–358.
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Marc Treib; Review: O'Neil Ford on Architecture. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 September 2021; 80 (3): 356–358. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2021.80.3.356
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