James O'Gorman

Grace Slack McNeil Professor Emeritus of Art


Leading American architectural historian, author, lecturer, editor, and consultant who taught for many years at Wellesley College.

I taught at Wellesley College from 1975-2004, years in which I also held an Adjunct Professorship at MIT. Several of my students went on to important posts on college faculties, in museums, in publishing, and in design offices.

Some of my many publications were supported by research grants from, among others, the American Philosophical Society (5), the GrahamFoundation (3), the National Endowment for the Humanities (3), and the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Two of my books won the Henry-Russell Hitchcock Award of the Victorian Society in America. One, ABC OF ARCHITECTURE, became a much assigned primer used in basic college courses.

During the years of my teaching career I lectured extensively across the U.S as well as in England and Italy.

I am a Past President of the Society of Architectural Historians and a Past Chairman of the Maine Preservation Commission.