George Ranalli Lecture: Building the Modern Gothic: George Post at City College


Location: 104 Bond Hall


Lecture Summary

George Ranalli's lecture will be a description and history of George Post and his designs for the City College of New York campus plans for the historical move from 23rd Street up to the Harlem location in 1905.  The lecture will also look at the elaborate drawings produced for the campus by George Post’s office and also will look at the construction of the buildings in the rather unconventional design of black stone and white trim stone details. 




George Ranalli has been Dean of the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College since 1999. He was born in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in 1972 and Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in 1974. From 1976-1999 he was Professor of Architecture at Yale University, and in 1988-1989 he was the William Henry Bishop Chaired Professor in Architectural Design. Mr. Ranalli recently completed his fourth monograph, Saratoga, devoted to his Saratoga Avenue Community Center for the New York City Housing Authority. That project has been widely praised in the New York Times, notably in a May 13, 2009 article by Ada Louise Huxtable in the Wall Street Journal and in December 2009 Paul Goldberger in New Yorker Magazine selected it as one of the Ten Most Positive Architectural Events in 2009. On Sunday January 23, 2011, George Ranalli was featured in the New York Times Real Estate section in an article on his family and apartment. In November 2012, George Ranalli was awarded the inaugural Stanford White Award for Excellence in Classical and Traditional Design in the category Commercial, Civic and Institutional Architecture by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. His fifth monograph “In Situ” is scheduled for release September 2014.
His architectural and design work has been published internationally in numerous journals including Domus, A+U, Progressive Architecture, L”Architettura, G.A. Houses, Architectural Digest, Architecture D’Aujourd’hui, Architectural Design, and Lotus. His work has been exhibited and collected at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Sperone-Westwater Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Centre Pompidou in France, Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt, the XVII Triennale Di Milano in Italy, the Denver Art Museum, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a one man exhibit at Artists Space Gallery in New York 1998. He designed the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs for an American Landscape, 1922-1932 for the Whitney Museum of Art in 1997 and designed the installation for the exhibition of work of Carlo Scarpa, in 1999 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture Montreal, Canada.