How do you react when someone like Alberto Pérez-Gómez, one of the world’s leading architects and thinkers asks you to write a forward for a collection of essay’s he’s written over the last 30 years.
Without question, you say yes! “It’s an honor to be able to write a forward for someone who has contributed so much to the field through their work and as an educator,” commented Dr. Peter Olshavsky. “I was even more excited by the idea that it was for a two-volume set that gathers together three decades of scholarship that has been personally meaningful to my work and my approach to architectural education at UNL.”
The publisher describes the collection as a piece that deliberately blurs the edges of history and theory; the first volume focuses on architectural theories and practices both historical and recent, and the second on more general aspects of architectural philosophy.
Olshavsky entitled his forward, “The Untimely Thinking of Alberto Pérez-Gómez,” for the collection, Timely Meditations: Selected Essays on Architecture (2016). Olshavsky’s forward argues for the “untimely” nature of Pérez-Gómez’s thinking while introducing this eminent historian’s remarkable collection of essays, which revises and builds upon his work.
Pérez-Gómez and Olshavsky have known each other for a long time. In fact Pérez-Gómez was Olshavsky’s doctoral supervisor at McGill University, and they continued to stay in contact. Recently, Pérez-Gómez read one of Olshavsky’s essays in the 2015 book Architecture's Appeal where Olshavsky described Pérez-Gómez’s work, so he reached out to Olshavsky and asked him to submit a text for his new essay collection. For more information visit: https://www.createspace.com/6241830 .