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PLAYDON, Dennis

Born:

Architect


BArch 1967 (Cape Town); MArch 1969 (Harvard); Fulbright Senior Specialist 2009

Teaching Positions held

2008-present (2014) Adjunct Professor, Department of Architecture, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. 2005 Visiting Professor, School of Architecture, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa. 2002-03, Adjunct Professor, Architecture and Preservation, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. 1999, Visiting Professor, Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. 1995-98. Professor, Architecture, Temple in Rome Program, Rome Italy. 1988-97, Adjunct Professor, GSFA: Design of the Environment, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. 1995, Visiting Professor, Architecture, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. 1985-89 Associate Professor, Architecture and Graduate Faculty, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. 1978-85 Associate Professor, Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY1984 Distinguished Visiting Critic, Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. 1984 , Associate Professor, Roman Studies Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Rome Italy. 1977-78, Assistant Professor, Architecture, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX. 1976 Visiting Professor, Architecture, Rice University, Houston, TX. 1976, Visiting Critic, Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. 1970-78 Visiting Examiner, University of Natal, 1970-77 Studiomaster, Senior Studiomaster/Senior Lecturer with tenure , Architecture, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, Republic of South Africa.

Recent Professional Experience

2011- The preservation of Joe Frazier’s Gym, national and local historic register.
2009-10 CIES, Fulbright Senior Specialist, participating architect for the measurement and documentation of the medieval village of Wanla, Ladakh, Tibetan Himalayas, for the Drikung Kagu Institute, India.
2007-08 Conditions Assessment, Pueblo of Acoma "Old Acoma" houses, Acoma, NM Planning, field testing and stabilization, Sky City, Acoma.
2003-present, WP Associates LLC, Design/Build Consultants.
1999-2003 Cornerstones Community Partnerships, Santa Fe, NM, preservation of San Esteban del Rey, Acoma, NM.

Selected Publications/Articles

2013/2014 Saving Joe Frazier's Gym: a Preservation Story, AIA Context, Philadelphia PA. Saving Joe Frazier's Gym, and His Philadelphia Legacy ,Ray Rivera, NY Times.com, 12/2013, Fight Is On To Save Joe Frazier's Gym, Laura Nelson, LA Times,6/2012. Living to Fight Another Day, Rowan Philip, Sunday Times Johannesburg, 5/2013.
2012/13, From Landscape to Architecture: Beginning Design in Formation, Penn State University NCBDS Conference proceedings, 2012.
2009, The Preservation of the Tibetan Architecture of Ladakh, India, Global Temple Conference Program. 2007. AIA Research Pilot Project to Aid in the Development of a Preservation Plan for Old Acoma Village Principal Investigators: Dennis G. Playdon; Kate Wingert-Playdon, Professor, Architecture Program (Temple University) and consultant (Pueblo of Acoma Historic Preservation Office). 2006 Topos, Playdon, Dennis; Acoma: Eine besiedelte Landschaft , Acoma: A Landscape of Settlement . 2004 Website: Article included in "Landslide: Working Landscapes, Sky City, Pueblo of Acoma," The Cultural Landscape Foundation (www.tclf.org). 2004 Website: Design work included in "Siyathemba International Design Competition," Architecture for Humanity (www.architectureforhumanity.org) 2003 "Recent Work at Acoma: Partnership for Preservation," Forum Journal, Fall 2003, Vol. 18 no. 1, cover and pp. 36-44. 2003 "Language, Place and Architecture: Community and Cultural Conservation at Acoma" for ICML Conference, Santa Fe, NM (coauthored) 2003 "Language, Place, and Architecture: Community and Cultural Conservation at Acoma," (co-authored), ARCC Conference Proceedings. 2000 "Restoring Acoma: The Pueblo Revitalization Projects," Dennis Playdon and Brian Vallo, CRM, National Park Service.

Professional Memberships

Council for the International Exchange of Scholars
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia

There are photographs on this site of the Sea View Hotel in Port Elizabeth taken by Dennis Playdon in 1966.

(Submitted by Iain LOW)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.