Talking Books:
The Architecture of Diplomacy


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The Architecture of Diplomacy
Jane C. Loeffler in conversation with Frances Halsband

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
7:00 p.m.
McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince St.
1.0 CEUs

In celebration of the new, expanded edition of The Architecture of Diplomacy, join author Jane Loeffler and architect Frances Halsband, who will discuss the history and current state of America’s overseas embassy-building program. Loeffler and Halsband will discuss the impact of terrorism on the State Department’s worldwide building operations, the development of the “Standard Embassy Design” prototype, and the changing role of architects. They will examine some exceptional recent projects, including Berlin, Beijing, and the newly selected design for London. And they will consider how embassy architecture supports or impedes the conduct of U.S. diplomacy in an increasingly fractured world.

Diplo-archdiplFigure191KTLondon2Jane C. Loeffler is an architectural historian and author of The Architecture of Diplomacy: Building America’s Embassies (2011). Her work has earned her a Distinguished Public Service Award from the U.S. Department of State and a Recognition Award from its Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. In 2008, she testified before Congress in hearings titled: Fortress America Abroad: Effective Diplomacy and the Future of U.S. Embassies.

Dr. Loeffler has also published op ed pieces in The New York Times and The Washington Post and articles in scholarly journals and popular publications, including The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and Architectural Record. She teaches in the Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Frances Halsband is a founding partner at Kliment Halsband Architects. She has served on the Architectural Review Board of the Federal Reserve Bank and the U.S. Department of State Architecture Advisory Board. She recently was a juror for the competition to design the new U.S. Embassy in London. She is a former president and a current director of the Architectural League.

This program is free and open to all. Seating first-come, first-served. Reception to follow.

Organized by The Architectural League of New York and McNally Jackson Bookstore.

Images from top left to bottom right: New Delhi (Stone 1959); Quito (Yost Grube Hall 2008); Beijing (SOM 2008), All photos courtesy of Jane Loeffler; Competition winning proposal for U.S. Embassy, London (KieranTimberlake, 2010)