Kathryn (Kate) Holliday is associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington and Director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. She is an architectural historian and writes about modern American architecture and its role in defining American culture.
She is the author of two books on New York architects, Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age (W. W. Norton, 2008) and Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012). Both books examine the ways that architects used design to create an argument for a humane, democratic city. Eidlitz was a champion of organic architecture and Walker promoted his own conception of a modern humanism. She is currently at work on a book on the development of telephone buildings as the most visual part of the invisible telecommunications network.
Kate has also written academic articles on the history of architectural education and architecture in New Orleans for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Urban Design, and Studies in the Decorative Arts. She also writes for the professional and popular press on Dallas-Fort Worth architecture in Columns, the magazine of AIA Dallas, D Magazine, and CultureMap.com. She earned her BA in art and environmental studies from Williams College and her MA in art history and PhD in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.