Jane LoefflerJane C. Loeffler, MCP, PhD, is an historian and author of The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America’s Embassies (1998), recently revised and updated in a second edition (2011).

Metropolis describes the book as the “definitive history” of this subject. The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians lauds it as “a remarkably rich narrative that gives full scope to the various views of the participants.” Other reviewers have praised the book as the “canonical work” in its field. The State Department has honored the author with two achievement awards for her efforts to establish a history for these distinguished public buildings, previously overlooked by diplomatic and architectural historians, alike.

This website is devoted primarily to the book, the research on which it is based, and other publications related to it. All images and documents on this site are intended for educational purposes only. Copyright is not conveyed. For permission to reproduce images, contact the author, photographer, or where applicable, the publication. The website also includes design projects unrelated to the book.

Jane Loeffler Architectural historian Jane Loeffler lives in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks off of Embassy Row near the embassies of Great Britain, Norway, and Finland. Until 2011, she was Visiting Associate Professor and Lecturer in the Honors College of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. She maintains an affiliation with the Honors College at UMD.

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Recent Article

Jane LoefflerPrompted by attacks on U.S. facilities in Cairo, Sanaa, and Benghazi, The Foreign Service Journal invited me to write a commentary on the “fortress embassy” model. I took the opportunity to introduce the new OBO building program and the forward-looking principles behind it. I explained how the fortress model, originally an expedient solution to an urgent problem, came to be widely faulted by diplomats, designers, outside critics, members of Congress, and even by host governments. [Read Article]


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