Kathryn O’Rourke received her B.A. in Architecture from Wellesley College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a historian of modern architecture whose interests include many subjects in Latin America, the United States, and Europe.
Most of her research focuses on twentieth-century architecture in Mexico. O’Rourke is the author of Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016). Her publications include essays on Mexican architectural rationalism and public health care reform, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s work in Latin America, the art of Diego Rivera, and landscape architecture in Mexico City. Her scholarship has been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Society of Architectural Historians. In 2013 she received the Founders’ Award from the Society of Architectural Historians for the best article published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians written by an emerging scholar.
A secondary area of expertise is the architecture of O’Neil Ford, on which O’Rourke has delivered keynote talks at the national meeting of DOCOMOMO, the Texas Society of Architects’ Design Conference, and the annual meeting of the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.
At Trinity, O’Rourke teaches courses on the art and architecture of Latin America and on modern architecture. She also teaches in the Urban Studies program and is affiliated with Trinity’s Mexico-Americas-Spain (MAS) Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Trinity she taught architectural history at Swarthmore College.
In addition to her research and teaching, O’Rourke is the secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians and vice-chair of the State Board of Review of the Texas Historical Commission. She also serves on the Visiting Committee on Latin American Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art.
Ph.D. in History of Art, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in History of Art, University of Pennsylvania