Jane 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.
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Architectural historian Jane Loeffler lives in Washington, D.C., near Embassy Row. Until 2011, she was visiting associate professor and lecturer in the Honors College of the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Since 2013, she has lectured as a visiting scholar in the Department of History and at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in NYC. She continues to write on history, architecture and public policy and to make her own art, as well.
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Prompted by sale of U.S. embassies, particularly mid-century modernist buildings by Saarinen and Breuer, and the opportunity presented by the naming of a new preservation chief at OBO, I was puzzled by the State Department’s curious reluctance to document the history of these and other diplomatic and architectural landmarks. When Jorgé Otero-Pailos invited me to contribute to a special volume of Future Anterior, I welcomed the chance to tell this story for the first time. My article raises troubling questions about why government discards history and the implications of that loss. [Read Article]
OTHER BOOKS BY JANE C. LOEFFLER
The United Nations: The Building Block Series
Embassy Residences in Washington, D.C.
Building Diplomacy: The Architecture of American Embassies