David Gobel

Architectural history professor

Education

  • B.Arch., Texas Tech University
  • M.Arch.History, University of Virginia
  • M.A., Princeton University
  • Ph.D., History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture, Princeton University

Credentials

Served as president of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians; co-founder of Veritas Academy (a Christian classical school in Savannah)

Awards, recognitions and honors

Georgia Humanities Council grant for Fifth Savannah Symposium: Building in the Public Realm; presidential fellowship, SCAD; Georgia Humanities Council grant for Third Savannah Symposium: Commemoration and the City; Calvin College seminars in Christian scholarship fellowship, "New Urbanism and Communities of Faith"; Georgia Humanities Council Grant for the Symposium on the City Square; William G. Bowen Fellowship (Princeton University stipend); Fulbright-Hays/Spanish Government scholarship (for study in Spain); Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States' Universities (additional support for study in Spain); Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship (for work on University of Virginia excavations at Morgantina, Sicily); Princeton University Fellowships; Omicron Delta Kappa, University of Virginia honorary society for leadership; Tau Sigma Delta, Texas Tech University honorary society for architecture

Organizations

College Art Association, Renaissance Society of America, Society of Architectural Historians, Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, American Society of Hispanic Art Historical Studies

Publications and Presentations

Publications

• Editor, "The Classicist No. 13: The American South," and contributed an introductory essay and article, "Porch, Piazza and Place: Musings on the Classical Tradition in the Architecture of the South," 2016.
• "Interweaving country and city in the urban design of Savannah, Georgia," Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences, 9.1, 2016: 108–148.
• Co-author, "Buildings of Savannah," Buildings of the United States series for the Society of Architectural Historians, University of Virginia Press, 2016.
• Review of "Tammy S. Gordon, The Spirit of 1976: Commerce, Community, and the Politics of Commemoration," Journal of American History, 101:4, March 2015.
• Review of Annette Giesecke and Naomi Jacobs, eds., "Earth Perfect? Nature, Utopia and the Garden," London: Black Dog Publishing, 2012, for the Marginalia Review of Books June 24, 2014.
• "Before the Gates: Exploring a Lost Urban Topos in Early Modern Spain," Arris: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 25, 2014.
• With Daves Rossell, eds., "Commemoration in America: Essays on Monuments, Memorialization, and Memory," University of Virginia Press, 2013.
• "Charleston's Second St. Philip's Was a Pioneer in Church Design," Palladiana: Journal of the Center for Palladian Studies in America, Spring 2013.
• "In Memoriam: Pamela H. Simpson (1946–2011)," in the SESAH Newsletter, Spring 2012.
• Review of Sabina de Cavi, "Architecture and Royal Presence: Domenico and Giulio Cesare Fontana in Spanish Naples (1592–1627)," Hispanic Research Journal, vol. 12, October 2011: 468–69.
• "Reforming Church Architecture," New Horizons, February 2011.
• Brief commentary essay in David R. Coffin, "Magnificent Buildings, Splendid Gardens," Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, ed., Princeton University Press, 2008.
• Co-editor, Arris: The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, volumes 13–15.
• Review of James Donald, "Imagining the Modern City," H-Urban, H-Net Reviews, July 2000.
• "Gates of Glory," in Via 12: Simultaneous Cities, an online magazine produced by the University of Pennsylvania Department of Architecture, 2000.
• Review of Catherine Wilkinson-Zerner, "Juan de Herrera: Architect to Philip II of Spain," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 54, September 1995.
• Associate editor, The Princeton Journal: Thematic Studies in Architecture, vol. 3, Canon, Princeton Architectural Press, 1989.
• Editor, Modulus: The University of Virginia Architectural Review, vol. 17, Rizzoli International, 1984.
Conference papers:
• "Visigothic Revival and Religious Cleansing in Early Modern Toledo," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2016.
• "The First City in the World: The Renaissance View," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, San Antonio, Texas, October 2015.
• "Town and Country in Theory and Practice in Savannah and Colonial Georgia," Conference on The Country and the City: Connecting People and Their Places in Environmental History, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China, June 2014.
• "Before the Gates: Exploring a Lost Urban Topos," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, September 2013.
• "The Case for Contemporary Classicism," AIAS Forum, Savannah, Georgia, January 2013.
• "Planned Obsolescence: Ascertaining the Town Common in Savannah," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Athens, Georgia, October 2012.
• "From Ideal to Real: The Evolution of the Savannah Plan from 1733–1851," European Association of Urban History, 11th International Conference on Urban History, Prague, Czech Republic, September 2012.
• "The City Gate as Scaenae Frons: Two Case Studies," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2011.
• "Levitation in Modern Architecture," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 2010.
• "Great Expectations: The Puerta de Visagra in Toledo and the Imperial Ideal," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina, October 2008.
• "The Serpent and the Compass: Untangling an Emblem in Philibert de l'Orme's Treatise on Architecture," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Auburn, Alabama, October 2006.
• "Philibert de l'Orme and 16th-century Concepts of Vocation," Southeast Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 2004.
• "Virtuous Exemplars: Churches and Neighborhoods in North America," Conference sponsored by Seminars in Christian Scholarship and the Calvin College Worship Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan, September 2002.
• "The Civic Language of the Savannah Plan," 10th International Planning History Conference, London and Letchworth, England, July 2002.
• "Church and State in the Savannah Plan," Seaside Institute and Calvin College Seminars in Christian Scholarship, Seaside, Florida, March 2002.
• "Church & State in the Savannah Plan: The Independent Presbyterians as a Case Study," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting, Lexington, Virginia, October 2000.
• "The Puerta de Santa María in Burgos and the Renaissance City Gate," Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 1991.

Select invited presentations

• "The Architecture of the Savannah Plan," Savannah chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism meeting, Savannah, Georgia, January 2017.
• "Street Smarts: Savannah's Streets as Architecture," Reading the City lecture series, Society of Architectural Historians, Savannah, Georgia, April 2016.
• "Mapping and Designing Savannah," City of Savannah employees, Broughton Municipal Building, Savannah, Georgia, February 2015.
• "Discovering Slowness in Architecture and Urbanism," Italian Society of Savannah business meeting, Savannah, Georgia, September 2014.
• "Early Maps and View of Savannah," Savannah chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution meeting, Savannah, Georgia, October 2013.
• Mapping Savannah: A Survey of Early Maps and Views of Savannah lecture series, The Learning Center, Savannah, Georgia, June 2013.
• Introductory remarks: "Theorizing the Slow City: Perspectives from Italy and America," a symposium featuring students of the University of Bologna and the Savannah College of Art and Design at the Italian Cultural Institute, New York City, January 2013.
• "The Trailblazing Second St. Philip's Church," Vitruviana 2012: Charleston and the Development of American Architecture, Charleston, South Carolina, April 2012.
• "The Architecture of the Savannah Plan," University of Colorado, Denver, September 2010.
• Keynote speaker, "The Architectural Setting of Christian Worship: Exploring the Intersection of Architecture, Theology and Worship," Erskine Theological Seminary, Savannah, Georgia, February 2009.
• "Building Babel: Architecture and Worldview," Philadelphia Biblical University Worldview Conference on Beauty, Art and the Church, Langhorne, Pennsylvania, November 2008.
• "Religion in the Public Squares: Church Architecture and Savannah Plan," Independent Presbyterian Church, 250th Anniversary Lecture Series, Savannah, Georgia, March 2005.
• "Gates of Glory," College of Charleston, September 1997.

Exhibitions

• Co-curator, "Becoming Savannah: Slow Urbanism, Italian Influences and the Ideal City," an exhibition of student work held at the Italian Cultural Institute, New York City, Jan. 25–Feb. 25, 2013, and the Fahm Street Gallery, SCAD, April 13–25, 2013.
• Co-curator, "Jewels in the Crown: The Architecture of the Savannah Plan," photography exhibition at AIA Gallery, Washington, D.C., Nov. 10, 2000–Jan. 5, 2001.