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Mario di Valmarana Professorship in the School of Architecture Fund


The Mario di Valmarana Professorship in the School of Architecture was created with gifts from alumni, friends and former students of Mr. di Valmarana, professor emeritus of architecture. Established in 2001 the professorship is to attract and retain distinguished scholars or practitioners to direct the Venetan Scholars Program and forge stronger ties between the Veneto region of Italy and U.Va. Mr. di Valmarana's interest in architecture developed in his Italian childhood home, the Villa Rotonda, designed by Andrea Palladio. Active in practice and historical preservation in Europe and America during the 1960s, he was recruited by the School of Architecture in 1972 to teach Jefferson's architectural innovations in Virginia. A year later, Mr. di Valmarana helped plan and execute the Venetan Scholars Program, the first Italian study abroad program for undergraduate and graduate students in architecture.

The Board of Visitors elected Cammy R. Brothers to the Mario di Valmarana Professorship in the School of Architecture in August 2011. Professor Brothers recently took a sabbatical leave in New York, at work on the manuscript for her book, “Giuliano da Sangallo and the Ruins of Rome.” The very successful Venice Program entered its fourth year, with a group of strong and diverse students from the Departments of Architecture and Urban and Environmental Planning.

Brothers specializes in Italian Renaissance architecture; her book, “Michelangelo, Drawing, and the Invention of Architecture,” was published by Yale University Press (2008). This book won the 2010 Charles Rufus Morey Book Award from the College Art Association and the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Commission (1991-92), the American Academy in Rome (Rome Prize Fellow 1996-97), the Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies (2001-02), the Canadian Centre for Architecture (2006), Dumbarton Oaks (2006-07), and the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts (2007), where she was a senior fellow in 2010-11.

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