Lydia Soo

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Associate Professor of Architecture

3124 Art & Arch

Phone: 734.936.0208
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  • About

    Lydia Soo received her PhD in Architecture from Princeton University in 1989 (MA 1983).  She also holds degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: an M.Arch., 1978, and a BS in Architectural Studies, 1976.  Soo is an historian of architecture and architectural theory who is internationally recognized for her work on the seventeenth-century British architect Sir Christopher Wren.  During the winter term of 2003 Soo was the Laing Visiting Professor in Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her 1998 book Wren's "Tracts" on Architecture and Other Writings has been reissued in paperback (2007).  She has written articles examining specific problems of seventeenth-century culture, theory, and architecture, including "A Baroque City?:  London After the Great Fire of 1666" in Giambattista Nolli, Rome and Mapping:  Before and After the Pianta Grande, forthcoming, and "The Study of China and Chinese Architecture in Restoration England," in Architectura: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Baukunst, 2001.

  • Education
    • PhD Princeton University