The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a three-year grant to a University of Utah architecture professor to study the regional building styles of the western United States.
Dean Carl Inoway said the $131,000 grant to Thomas R. Carter, assistant professor of architecture, is the largest ever awarded to a faculty member in the Graduate School of Architecture. Carter was co-author of "Utah's Historic Architecture: A Guide," and is co-editor of "Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture," a biennial publication of the University of Missouri Press.During the past decade, architectural historians have been increasingly interested in discovering the distinctively regional qualities of American buildings. Carter's project is directed toward understanding the architectural vocabulary of the western United States.
Entitled "Building the West," the project focuses on a series of studies exploring the historical and cultural meanings of six Western architectural landscapes: Hispanic-American, Native American, Mormon, ranching, farming and mining.
Carter will direct the research as well as write the Mormon volume. Yale University Press will publish all six monographs on the studies.
He expects the study to make a significant contribution to the understanding of western American history.