Jane C. Loeffler, Architectural Historian | Planner | Artist

Jane Loeffler Education
Ph.D. in American Civilization, The George Washington University, 1996
M.C.P. (City Planning), Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1971
B.A. (High Honors in Art History), Wellesley College, 1968

Recent honors and awards
• Fulbright-Hays Federal Assistance Award to advance U.S. Embassy Oslo’s goal of “deepening relations between the US and Norway” (2011);

• Outstanding Recognition Award, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, U.S. Department of State (2010);

• UMD Faculty Mentor recognition for teaching excellence, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program (2010);

• Nelson B. Delavan Foundation grant to support book publication and further American diplomacy (2010);

• Member, The American Institute of Architects’ 21st Century Embassy Task Force (2008-9);

• Expert witness before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on Fortress America Abroad: Effective Diplomacy and the Future of U.S. Embassies (2008);

• Member, Office of the Architect of the Capitol’s Expert Advisory Panel (2004);

• Secretary of State’s Open Forum Distinguished Public Service Award, U.S. Department of State (1998);

• Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts research support grant (1998);

Earlier awards included: Harriet A. Shaw Fellowship (1994); American Studies Alumni Fellowship Award, George Washington University (1990); Elizabeth F. Fisher Graduate Fellowship Award, Wellesley College (1971); Mellon Scholarship (1970); Plogsterth Prize in Art History, Wellesley College (1968); and Durant Scholar, Wellesley College (1968).

(see annotated narrative list with links to publications under Summary of Publications on this website)

Recent lectures, talks, and presentations:
“U.S. Embassies as Modernist Icons: A Rapidly Disappearing Legacy of the Cold War,” at Columbia University, Department of History, “Cold War Public Diplomacy: Cultural Battles” (Oct 27, 2016);

“Modern (Embassy) Architecture in Washington, DC,” visiting lecturer, University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (Oct 22, 2015);

“When an Icon Needs a New Life: Designing a Future for Saarinen’s U.S. Embassy, London,” at Columbia University, GSAPP, Joint Studio in “Recombitant Architecture” (Sep 17, 2015);

“Observations on Architecture and Diplomacy,” Blinken European Institute, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University (Sep 9 & 11, 2014);

“The Canadian Embassy: The Only Embassy on Main Street,” Government of Canada School of Public Service Program on “How Washington Works” at the Embassy of Canada (Jan 27, 2014);

“From Manila to Belmopan: What Embassy Architecture Tells Us,” Columbia University, GSAPP (Apr 30, 2013);

“Architecture of Diplomacy in Two Capitals: Washington and Oslo” Embassy of Norway, Washington, DC (Oct 25, 2012);

“Architect as Diplomat: Embassies and What They Communicate,” Architecture & Design Film Festival, Tribeca Cinemas, New York City (Oct 21, 2012);

“Modern (Embassy) Architecture in Washington, DC,” visiting lecturer, University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (Oct 16, 2012);

Jugendstilsenteret, Alesund (Norway): “The Architecture of Diplomacy: America’s Changing Overseas Presence,” (Sep 22, 2011);

Oslo (Norway) School of Architecture and Design (AHO): “The Architecture of Diplomacy: America’s Changing Overseas Presence,” (Sep 20, 2011);

“The Architecture of Diplomacy: America’s Changing Overseas Presence” at U.S. Embassy, Oslo (Residence, Villa Otium) (Sep 19, 2011);

American Foreign Service Association, Washington, DC: “The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America’s Embassies,” (Apr 14, 2011);

“The Olmsted Legacy in the Nation’s Capital: An Overview,” Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Symposium, The Catholic University of America: (Mar 19, 2011);

HDR, Inc., Alexandria, VA: “The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America’s Embassies,” (May 12, 2011);

U.S. Embassy, Beijing: “The Architecture of Diplomacy: America’s Changing Face Abroad” (Sep 23, 2010);

National Building Museum and the Embassy of Denmark, The Architecture of Diplomacy Symposium: “U.S. Embassies: America’s Face Abroad” (Jun 4, 2010);

Eckerd College (FLA): “Embassy Tour in Washington, DC,” (Oct 13, 2009);

Cosmos Club, Washington, DC: “Architecture as Public Diplomacy: Embassies in Washington” (May 8, 2009);

“Embassy Architecture: The Changing Face of America Abroad,” Architecture, Diplomacy and National Identity: Sir Basil Spence and Mid-Century Modernism Symposium, The British School at Rome (Dec 4, 2008);

Prior talks/presentations to:
MIT Club of Washington (Nov 6, 2008); Thomas Jefferson Chapter SAH at the University of Virginia, School of Architecture (Oct 30, 2008); Stroom Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands (Sep 8, 2008); “U.S. Embassies: America’s Face Abroad” U.S. Embassy, Berlin, Design and Diplomacy Symposium (Sep 5, 2008); House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, “Fortress America Abroad: Effective Diplomacy and the Future of U.S. Embassies” (Jan 23, 2008); “Branding a Nation: Design as a Tool in Public Diplomacy” Wellesley College Summer Symposium (Jun 6, 2007); “Embassies in Washington, D.C.” National Capital Planning Commission, Washington, DC (May 2007); “The Olmsted Legacy in the Nation’s Capital” The National Cathedral, All Hallows Guild (Nov 1, 2006); “Building America’s Embassies” DACOR (Mar 15, 2006); Embassy of Sweden, Washington, D.C. (Oct 2006); “The U.S. Capitol Grounds: Frederick Law Olmsted’s Legacy in the Nation’s Capital,” U.S. Capitol Historical Society (Nov 18, 2005); rebroadcast on CSPAN; “Washington Builds for War: Defense, the Home Front, and Security in the Capital Region,” Latrobe Chapter SAH, UMD (Mar 2005); “Embassy Residences in Washington,” Embassy of Colombia, Latrobe Chapter SAH (Mar 30 2004); Distinguished Lecture Series in the History of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UMD (Mar 2003); College Art Association Annual Meeting, New York City (Feb 21, 2003); “Understanding the Finnish Embassy” Catholic University Series, Embassy of Finland (Nov 11, 2002); “Washington and Ottawa: A Tale of Two Embassies,” Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS-in-Canada Colloquium), University of Ottawa (Canada) (Sep 2002); “Government Buildings and Security,” U.S. Embassy, Ottawa (Canada): (Sep 2002); Virginia Society of the AIA, “Power and Public Policy in Embassy Architecture,” Richmond, VA (2001); Youth for Understanding Program with Sen. Richard Lugar, Embassy of Finland (Apr 28, 2001); Design Diplomacy: Public Policy and the Practice of Architecture, U.S. Embassy, Copenhagen (Denmark) (2000); “Exporting Modern Architecture,” The American Architectural Foundation, The Octagon (2000); Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the U.S. Department of State (Student Design Competition at the AIA, Washington, D.C.); Johns Hopkins University SAIS (May 22, 2000); Balancing Security and Openness, GSA, U.S. Department of State, and AIA symposium (Fall, 1999); “Ralph Rapson and the Architecture of Diplomacy,” Minnesota Institute of Art (Apr 20, 1999); Embassy of Finland: Television film for Finnish TV (1999); “The Legacy of Frederick Gutheim,” Potomac River Basin Consortium (1999); “Cold War Conversation,” Latrobe Chapter, SAH (1998); “U.S. Embassies Abroad and Foreign Embassies in DC,” Embassy of Austria (1999); “When Preservation Means Planning,” Montgomery County Historical Society (1997).

Selected past professional experience:
Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Expert Panelist, Humanities (March 2015)
Visiting Associate Professor, Honors College, University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2001-11)
Reviewer of manuscripts for The Journal of Law and Social Inquiry, The University of Chicago Press, Diplomatic History, and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Adjunct Professor of Landscape Architecture, Department of Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Interior Architecture Design Studio
Literary Executor of the Frederick Gutheim Papers and Curator, Gutheim Visual Resources Collection in landscape, planning and preservation (since 1993)
Adjunct Professor of Art History, George Mason University
Visiting Scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Curator, National Building Museum
Consultant, National Gallery of Art, The Splendor of Dresden (1978); Frederick Law Olmsted/ U.S.A (1972)
Research consultant, Dunlap Society, “The Architecture of Washington, DC”
Urban planner in association with Frederick Gutheim (1972-82)
Administrator, The Frederick Law Olmsted Sesquicentennial (1972)
U.S. Office of Environmental Education (1971)

Other programs connected with publication of The Architecture of Diplomacy
The Women’s National Democratic Club, Washington, D.C. (1999);

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago (1999);

John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1999);

U.S. State Department’s Secretary’s Open Forum (1998);

Politics and Prose Bookstore, Washington, D.C. (Oct. 22, 1998);

Harvard Club of Washington (1998);

Wellesley College (1998);

National Building Museum (1997);

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Environmental Design Forum (1994).

Selected media appearances
BBC World Service “New Embassy in London” 2/23/10;
ABC News “US Picks Design for London” 2/23/10;
BBC-World Service “The New US Embassy in Berlin” 7/4/08;
KCRW-FM “Politics Meets Design” on Design and Architecture, 1/15/08;
C-SPAN “Washington Journal” 9/4/07;
CNN International TV “Giant new U.S. embassy in Iraq” 9/14/07;
KCRW-FM “Soft Power” on To the Point, 10/30/07;
“The World” PRI 10/26/07;
WAMU-FM “Architecture and Security After 9/11”
Kojo Nnamdi Show, 9/11/07;
WBUR-FM Here and Now, 8/31/07.

Past memberships
The American Institute of Architects’ 21st Century Embassy Task Force (2008-9)
Office of the Architect of the Capitol’s Expert Advisory Panel (2004)
Visiting Committee on the Future of the Campus Landscape, Wellesley College (1996)
Alumni Council, Harvard University Graduate School of Design Alumni Association (1980-83)
National Committee, Wellesley College Friends of Art

Current Memberships
The Cosmos Club; Society of Architectural Historians and DC Latrobe Chapter, SAH, DC Preservation Roundtable; National Association for Olmsted Parks, Cultural Landscape Foundation, Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training.

Charitable Focus
Levine Music