Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professorship in Architecture
The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professorship in Architecture is funded by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and maintains Monticello. Committed to fostering Mr. Jefferson's ideals of liberty and their preservation through public education, the foundation also supports a lectureship, graduate fellowships and internships across the disciplines of history, architecture and government and foreign affairs. The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professorship in Architecture supports a highly regarded visiting faculty member each year who brings unique skills and perspectives to teaching a course at the school. The Board of Visitors established the professorship in 1965.
In 2016-17, Paola Viganò was the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of Architecture for the School of Architecture. Viganò is an architect and urbanist and Full Professor in Urbanism Università IUAV of Venice in Italy. Viganò's Jefferson lecture was held on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the School of Architecture.
In 1990, Viganò founded Studio with Bernardo Secchi, realizing several projects including the Park Spoormoord, Theaterplein in Antwerp and the cemetery in Kortrijk, both in Belgium. In 2016, Viganò was awarded the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. She is also notably the first woman to receive the Grand Prix de l'Urbanisme in France among many other international awards and honors.