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Publications Program of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities Honored by American Institute of Architects "Publisher of the Year" Award

December 23, 1997

Los Angeles, Calif. - The prestigious American Institute of Architects has granted its juried 1997 "Publisher of the Year" Award to the Publications Program of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities, for its Texts & Documents series. The series issues English translations of important foreign-language works on architecture, art, and aesthetics. In addition, the AIA awarded the Research Institute’s Publications Program a 1998 International Architecture Book Award for The Modern Functional Building by Adolf Behne, translated by Michael Robinson, with an introduction by Rosemarie Haag Bletter.

Titles in the award-winning Texts & Documents series include :

Building in France, Building in Iron, Building in Ferro-Concrete
by Sigfried Giedion, translated by J. Duncan Berry,
with an introduction by Sokratis Geordiadis

Hendrik Petrus Berlage: Thoughts on Style, 1886-1909,
translated by Wim de Wit (Dutch) and Iain Boyd Whyte (German),
with an introduction by Iain Boyd Whyte

Style-Architecture and Building Art
by Hermann Muthesius,
with a translation and introduction by Stanford Anderson

"The Texts & Documents series, more than any other effort, has filled critical holes in our understanding of architectural thought and theory from centuries past," the jury stated, "systematically revealing so much of the founding discourse for early modernist architectural theory. By careful instructions from leading scholars and even more careful translations, the importance and value of forgotten texts have been brought to light. Moreover, the graphic design, presentation, pacing, and cross-referencing have set a new standard for quality in scholarly publishing."

"It’s a proud day for our program," said Getty Research Institute Assistant Director Julia Bloomfield, who heads the Publications and Exhibitions Department. "It puts our small publication house up there with the big commercial and scholarly publishers of architecture." Past recipients of the AIA’s Publisher of the Year award include the Princeton Architectural Press, Harry N. Abrams, Rizzoli International Publications, and the Monacelli Press.

The jury of five, who selected the Publications Program through a process of internal nomination, included Adele Chatfield-Taylor, of the American Academy in Rome; Harrison Fraker, Jr., FAIA, College of Environmental Design, University of California; Robert Ivy, FAIA, Architectural Record; and Bill Lacy, FAIA, Purchase College. Architect Richard Meier, who designed the new Getty Center, chaired the panel.

The Publications Program has published 18 titles since its inception in 1987. As part of the Research Institute’s mission of supporting and publishing innovative research, the Publications Program helps disseminate new ideas, previously inaccessible texts and visual material, and current methodological and theoretical debate. In addition to Texts & Documents, the Research Institute publishes Sketchbooks & Albums, a series which makes available artists’ and architects’ sketchbooks and albums from the 15th century to the present. The Issues & Debates series presents new perspectives generated at Research Institute conferences, symposia, and seminars. Bibliographies & Dossiers, the newest series, issues bibliographies and short catalogues of works in the Research Institute’s collections.

Previous AIA award-winning books published by the Getty Research Institute include :

The Topkapi Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture,
by Gülru Necipoglu (1997 award)

Ordonnance for the Five Kinds of Columns after the Method of the Ancients,
by Claude Perrault, translated by Indra Kagis McEwen,
with an introduction by Alberto Pérez-Gomez (1994)

In What Style Should We Build? The German Debate on Architectural Style,
by Heinrich Hübsch, et. al.,
with translation and introduction by Wolfgang Herrmann (1993)

The Research Institute’s newest titles include :

Irresistible Decay: Ruins Reclaimed,
edited by Michael Roth, about the cultural significance of ruins

Incendiary Art: The Representation of Fireworks in Early Modern Europe,
by Kevin Salatino.

The two books accompany inaugural exhibitions at the Getty Center.

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In addition, the Research Institute’s books are sold in the bookstore of the new J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center. Research Institute titles are distributed to the trade in North America by Oxford University Press, and in the United Kingdom and Europe through Windsor Books International.

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