MAS Context Fall Talks 2015
Nina Rappaport


Video shot and edited by Matthew Goetz of Lucid Creative Agency.


Lecture by Nina Rappaport as part of the MAS Context 2015 Fall Talks in Chicago. The lecture took place on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at the Chicago offices of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). This talk is organized in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Ezra Stoller: Photographer

Ezra Stoller: Photographer expands the understanding of Ezra Stoller, known primarily as an architectural photographer, to one whose oeuvre encompasses numerous subjects including industrial production. Rappaport co-edited a book with Erica Stoller (Ezra’s daughter) which was published by Yale University Press in 2012, featuring essays by different authors that place Stoller in a new light as an artist. Her talk will analyze both his architectural and industrial works as well as his relationship with photography in general. For more information about Ezra Stoller, please visit


Nina Rappaport is an architectural critic, curator, historian, and educator. For eighteen years she has been publications director at Yale School of Architecture, for which she edits the bi-annual magazine Constructs, exhibition catalogs, and the school’s book series. She directs the project Vertical Urban Factory, which includes a traveling exhibition (Detroit, New York, Toronto, London, Lausanne), public programs, and a book published in 2015 by Actar. She curated exhibitions on Ezra Stoller in Washington, D.C., The Swiss Section at the Van Alen Institute, and Saving Corporate Modernism, at Yale. She authored the book Support and Resist: Structural Engineers and Design Innovation (Monacelli Press, 2007) and co-edited the books Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012) and Long Island City: Connecting the Arts (Design Trust for Public Space and Episode Books, 2008). She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Syracuse School of Architecture in New York, and Barnard College, among others. Her projects have received grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. She has written numerous essays on structural design, architecture, and global industrial landscapes. She is a founding board member of Docomomo US and NY/Tri-State. For more information about her, please visit


This talk is presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Funding for this talk is provided by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.




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The Beinecke Library, Yale University, SOM. © Ezra Stoller. Courtesy of the author.

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