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Is there a direct relation between historical knowledge and architectural excellence? (Millon, 1960)


When this question was posed in 1960 by the doctoral student Henry A. Millon, who would later go on to become one of the major figures in American architectural historiography, he was sketching out the difficulty of reconciling architectural history’s ‘proper audience’ with the captivated audience provided by the architectural schools’ institutional framework. As we can see in the following paragraphs, Millon’s anxiety was neither eccentric nor short-lived.

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