Hadighi, a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Architecture, recently presented a paper titled “Bauhaus Internationalism to College Town Modernism: Exploring Bauhaus Culture in Hajjar’s Hybrid Architecture” in the 18th international conference of CAAD Futures held in Daejeon, Republic of Korea (June 26-28, 2019). Selected papers were published separately as a book, and his paper was among them: Lee, Ji-Hyun (ed), Computer-Aided Architectural Design “Hello, Culture.” Singapore: Springer, pp. 429-443, 2019. This paper was co-authored by Jose Duarte.
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to analyze William Hajjar’s single-family houses in State College, PA, and compare them with the European modernist work of Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer in the United States. This analysis is performed using shape grammars as a computational design methodology. Hajjar was a member of the architecture faculty at the Pennsylvania State University, a practitioner in State College, and an influential figure in the history of architecture in the area. Shape grammars are used specifically to verify and describe the influences of Bauhaus/European modernism on Hajjar’s domestic architecture. The focus is on establishing Hajjar’s single-family architectural language and comparing it to the architectural language of Gropius (Gropius-Breuer partnership) as the founder of the Bauhaus architecture and a prominent practitioner in introducing European modernism to American architecture students in the mid-twentieth century like Hajjar.
The full paper can be downloaded from: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5571eeb7e4b0c5ac026f75a8/t/5d2606bd092db4000164e85d/1562773186858/Bauhaus+Internationalism+to+College+Town+Modernism-CAAD.pdf
Research and travel were partially funded by the Hamer Center for community design.