Jorge Otero-Pailos, director of GSAPP’s Historic Preservation Program, speaks with British cultural historian Robert Hewison in advance of his Spring 2017 lecture at the school. They discuss Hewison’s lifelong fascination and study of John Ruskin, teaching students to draw as means of exploring truth, and the influence of Ruskin’s thinking on the field of preservation.
“Architecture is the most political art. Which means that it’s a social art form. When he (Ruskin) comes to looking at buildings, he expects buildings to speak the truth about how they have been built and what they are trying to say.” – Robert Hewison