Vincent Scully

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Professor Emeritus in the History of Art

B.A., Yale University, 1940
M.A., Yale University, 1947
Ph.D., Yale University, 1949
Sterling Professor Emeritus, History of Art

Vincent J. Scully Jr. was born in New Haven and attended Hillhouse High School, on the site of what would later become Morse College, where he served as master from 1969 to 1975. For a half a century, from 1947 to the present, Scully has taught hundreds of students in packed lecture halls at Yale. He has published many articles and more than a dozen books which span a wide spectrum of subject matter, and is one of the University’s most recognized scholars.

Observing early in his teaching career that urban development during the 1950s tended to destroy neighborhoods by the imposition of freeways and superblocks, Scully has since argued fervently that the principles of modernism are incompatible with communal values. Several of his students have gone on to become important American architects, and his influence is now present in the design of many urban and suburban sites throughout the nation.

Among Scully’s most well known works are The Shingle Style: Architectural Theory and Design from Richardson to the Origins of Wright, Frank Lloyd Wright, The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture, Louis I. Kahn, Pueblo: Mountain, Village, Dance, The Villas of Palladio and Architecture: the Natural and the Manmade.