Eve Blau (PhD 1978, History of Art) was awarded the Victor Adler State Prize of the Republic of Austria (Victor Adler-Staatspreis für Geschichte sozialer Bewegungen 2015) by the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy. Conferred every two years, the Victor Adler Prize honors contributions to the history of social movements and is given in recognition of “scholarship that is distinguished by its interdisciplinary breadth and innovative methods, that engages contemporary historical questions, and is widely published.” It is the most highly endowed award for the Humanities in Austria. Previous laureates include Eric J. Hobsbawm (1997), Carl E. Schorske (2007), and Hans Mommsen (2013).
Blau received the prize at a ceremony in Vienna in April and delivered a lecture at the Architekturzentrum Wien on the occasion of the award and the publication of her book, Rotes Wien: Architektur 1919-1934. Stadt – Raum – Politik (Springer Verlag, 2014). Previously published in English as The Architecture of Red Vienna, 1919-1934 (MIT Press, 1999), the book examines the interrelation of political programs, architectural practices, and urban forms in interwar Vienna, and analyzes how political meaning is expressed through architecture. In 2001, this book won the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, given by the Society of Architectural Historians to honor the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar. The Architecture of Red Vienna also won the Austrian Cultural Institute Book Prize from the Center for Austrian Studies in 2000.
An adjunct professor of the History of Urban Form in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Blau is author or editor of several books and many scholarly chapters and articles. Her research explores issues in the history and theory of modern architecture, urbanism, and modes of representation. Blau is currently co-principal investigator of “Reconceptualizing the Urban: Interdisciplinary Study of Urban Environments, Societies, and Cultures,” funded by a Mellon Foundation Grant.