A University of Utah professor is playing a major role in helping the architectural world pay tribute to the late Ludwig Hilberseimer, a pioneer in American city and regional planning and the professor's former mentor.
John W. Sugden, professor of architecture, was chairman of an international symposium last fall in Chicago honoring Hilberseimer, founder of the city and regional planning department at The Bauhaus, Germany's famous school for architects, artists and designers that the Nazis closed in 1933.The Chicago symposium, titled, "Hilberseimer 100+ Symposium; The Human Environment; Celebration and Prospect," was held Sept. 15-17 at the Graham Foundation, with the opening address given at the Arts Club in Chicago.
Hilberseimer was one of many Bauhaus faculty members opposed to Hitler's regime who fled to the United States and other countries. Chicago became an important center of Bauhaus influence, which still has considerable impact on the arts - from the international style of architecture to tubular steel furniture.
A professor at Illinois Institute of Technology from 1938 until his death in 1967, Hilberseimer wrote numerous books, including The New City, The New Regional Pattern, and The Nature of Cities.
Sugden studied at IIT under both Hilberseimer and Mies van der Rohe, the last director of the Bauhaus and one of the fathers of modern architecture. Sugden says both men were ahead of their time in architectural design and planning, including their recognition of the importance of solar orientation.