Updates from the Amherst Historical Society

Brutalist Architecture at UMass

by | Sep 17, 2021

Brutalist architecture poster

  Last spring, the Amherst Historical Society hosted a series of four Zoom lectures (‘Brut Bites’) on Brutalist architecture at UMass. You may view the lecture videos here:

April 12: UMass Then/Now
    Speakers: Ron Michaud and Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham
April 19: The History and Cultures of the Southwest Residential Complex
    Speaker: Timothy M. Rohan
April 26: Unbuilt UMass: A History of Campus Master Plans
    Speaker: Ludmilla Pavlova-Gillham
May 3: The History of the Randolph W. Bromery Fine Arts Center
    Speakers: L. Carl Fiocchi and Margaret Vickery
 
  And now this fall the University is hosting a 2-day symposium on Brutalist architecture:
  ‘The main campaign event will be a two-day symposium entitled Brutalism + the Public University: Past, Present and Future to be held at UMass Dartmouth on Friday, October 22nd and at UMass Amherst on Saturday, October 23rd, 2021. The symposium will include nationwide industry professionals, as well as faculty, students, and staff of all backgrounds with an interest in Brutalism.   Presenters will share their experiences working with Brutalist structures especially in the public realm. The goal of the symposium is to create a dynamic, cross-disciplinary conversation among all participants on how we may conserve and provide stewardship of our buildings for the future.’

  For more information, and to register for the symposium, click here and here.