|Avery Drawings & Archives Collections|
At a Glance
Scope and content
The collection consists of 7 ink-on-mylar and 3 ink-on-paper renderings dating from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. The drawings are detailed aerial studies of various cityscapes, many of which were publiced as illustrations to articles Desmond wrote for the Journal of the American Institute of Architects. Cities represented includ the following: Boston, 1988 ; Bruges, 1979 ; Fontenot Cistercian Monastery, 1975 ; Dubrovnik, 1978 ; Fountains Cistercian Abbey, Northumberland, 1974 ; Machu Picchu, 1977 ; Pittsburg, 1996 ; Salzburg,Austria, 1981 ; Stow on the Wold, English Village, undated ; Washington, D.C., undated.
Using the Collection
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
Restrictions on Access
This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email email@example.com.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Michael Desmond . Method of acquisition--Donated ;; Date of acquisition--2017 . Accession number--2017.016.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library
History / Biographical Note
John Jacob Desmond (1922-2008) was an American architect with a professional practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was a student of Alvar Aalto and Ralph Rapson at MIT. During his career, Desmond was very active in a design assistance program run by the American Institute of Architects, called R/UDAT (Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team). The intent of this program was to contribute design services to locations experiencing growth and other issues, to "help transform communities by developing a citizen-led vision for a better future, with implementation strategies that produce results.".