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CLASSICS, AIA - Thomas Howe, Southwestern University: "The Garden of Flora: New Discoveries at the Roman Seaside Villas of Stabiae near Pompei"
Thomas Howe is Professor of Art History at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX. His areas of expertise include Architectural History (Greek and Roman, Modern), Art History (Greek and Roman), Architectural Design (introductory, structural and historical design), classical archaeology, international cultural properties management.
Professor Howe has an international reputation as an architectural historian (ancient and modern), architectural design teacher, archaeologist (Greek and Roman), art historian (Greek, Roman, post-Modern) and cultural properties manager of "archaeological parks." He has been chair of the Art Department (1990-97), and of Art History (2004-) and since 2001 has been coordinator general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation near Pompeii, Italy, serving as chief coordinator of archaeology and architectural planning.
As an architectural historian he has written on the "Invention of the Doric Order" of Greek architecture, the creation of the fundamental rules of aesthetics of Greek architecture and hence of Western architecture (Harvard Diss 1985), and is the only person since the sixteenth century to have attempted a full illustration and commentary of Vitruvius, "The Ten Books on Architecture", (translation, Ingrid Rowland, Cambridge, 1999), the only Roman text on architecture to have survived from antiquity, and generally recognized as the most influential text on architecture in the Western world.
Professor Howe received a B.A. in German language and literature from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., and an M.A. in Fine Arts and Ph.D. from Harvard University.