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Michael W. Fazio

Professor Emeritus, Architecture

E-mail address: mfazio@caad.msstate.edu

Michael Fazio is an architect and architectural historian. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Auburn University, a Master of Architecture Degree from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture and Urban Development from Cornell University. He practices architecture in the southeast region, most often as a preservation and restoration consultant preparing historic structure reports. He teaches undergraduate architectural studios and architectural history and is Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. He is also an actively publishing scholar whose articles have appeared in the Society of Architectural Historians Journal, Arris (the journal of the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians), and the Journal of Architectural Education. Along with his colleague, Patrick Snadon, he is currently completing a book-length manuscript on the domestic architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe. As a teacher, he has been closely involved with the School of Architecture's efforts to integrate the computer into design studio teaching. He has worked to develop a program where all second-year students purchase laptop computers and use them in class as design instruments. As such, he has worked with faculty colleagues to create a distinctive pedagogy integrating traditional drawing, using various media, traditional model building, using various materials, and digital drawing and modeling, using a variety of software packages.

Dr. Fazio retired from Mississippi State University in 2005.

The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe

Fazio, Michael W.
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
ISBN: 0801881048
Collaborators: Benjamin Henry Latrobe and Patrick Alexander Snadon

Benjamin Henry Latrobe emigrated from England to America in 1795-96 and became the greatest American architect during the formative years of the new republic and one of the greatest architects of his generation within the Western tradition. Though Latrobe's public buildings have been treated extensively in the scholarly literature, his houses have remained understudied and have never been examined as a group. Our book sets out to rectify this situation.

Buildings Across Time: An Introduction to Architectural History

Fazio, Michael W.
Publisher: McGraw Hill
ISBN: 0767405110
Collaborators: Marian Moffett and Lawrence Wodehouse

We created Buildings Across Time with a mind to the richness of the subject matter and the likely preparedness of undergraduate students. It is written in carefully constructed, straightforward, readable prose, as free as possible from the authors' own biases. It presents the facts of the buildings and their contexts and leaves the matter of interpretation to the individual instructors.

By any standard it is a beautiful book and one so carefully and fully illustrated with photographs that such traditional testing procedures as slide identification can be accomplished, if an instructor chooses to do so, exclusively from the published images. Moreover, these images, together with the numerous and coordinated plan, section, and elevation drawings, make it possible to study a building as a complete object. The accompanying CD adds even more images and game-like study exercises.

Choice, published by the Association of College and Research Libraries, called this book "the best worldwide survey of architecture on the market today . . . much better than any other worldwide survey book . . . Highly recommended."

Change and Tradition in the American Small Town

Fazio, Michael W.
Publisher: Mississippi State University: Center for Small Town Research and Design
ISBN: 0878051945
Collaborators: Robert Craycroft and Michael W. Fazio, editors

As forces of technological and social change sweep over America, many traditions seem threatened, one of these being the small town. This institution, perhaps the most apparent embodiment of American traditions and values, tends to be severely altered by the great momentum of technological and social advancement.

The essays in this book, assessing what the editors call the "inertia of tradition and the dynamics of change," were presented as conference papers at the Second Chautauqua in Mississippi, held in April 1981 and hosted by the Center for Small Town Research and Design at Mississippi State University. They bring together perspectives of several disciplines - psychology, sociology, history, literature, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning-in an effort to question and understand the changes which affect the traditions of small towns of America.

Order and Image in the American Small Town

Fazio, Michael W.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 0878051309
Collaborators: Peggy Whitman Prenshaw

In this book of original essays, persons from a variety of disciplines examine the concepts of order and image in the context of tradition, continuity and change in the small towns of this country. The physical symmetry and neatness and the sense of community that the term "small town" evokes are in an important part of the tradition of such ones; yet, this tradition must give way to change if these are to be vibrant and attractive communities where people will choose to live. What aspects, then, of their order and image should be allowed to change? Considerations of how this delicate balance can be achieved form the core of this book.

In Order and Image in the American Small Town, persons from the fields of geography, landscape architecture, architecture, anthropology, economics, political science and government, history, and literature discuss what happens when the apparently paradoxical concepts of small town and change come together. In "Continuity and Change in a Small Southern Town," Charles A. Clinton offers a scenario for examining the dynamics of public policy and change in two small towns in a Southern county. John W. Keller and Ray B. Weisenburger discuss a model study of state and local responses to public planning policies in their essay "Adversity and Change in Small Town and Rural Area Planning: State and Local Management Responses in Kansas." In "The Impact of Recent Migrants on Economic Development in Small Towns," Edward J. Blakely and Ted K. Bradshaw present the findings of a California research study on population shifts and the resulting economic impact. The one other essay that deals with small town continuity and the impact of change is Michael Fazio's essay "Architectural Preservation in Natchez, Mississippi: A Conception of Time and Place."

A second group of essays focuses on public policy strategies relevant to change. Robert Craycroft presents ideas for revitalizing downtowns; Arnold Aho gives an introduction to technology and town form; Michael J. Buono outlines techniques for energy conservation; and Robert M. Ford discusses methods for improving the quality of architecture in small towns. Three essays in this volume discuss theories of small town order. Donlyn Lyndon in "Order, Investment and Appropriation" identifies the elements that constitute order; Ronald Murray discusses architecture as a democratic process for ordering environment in "Tradition and Continuity in Architecture: Towards a More Rational and Democratic Environmental Process"; and in "Types of American Small Towns and How to Read Them" Fred E.H. Schroeder uses architectonic signals to identify community covenants.

Another group of essays explores small town traditions by examining the images that exist in fiction and reality. Gerald Wells looks at the role of the small town editor in fiction; Michael Dean discusses the use of small towns in the fiction of Ellen Douglas; and Robert Phillips considers Shelby Foote's use of the town Bristol in "Child by Fever." Finally, in "Beulah Land" Nicholas Davis remembers a lyrical small town boyhood.

The essays in this volume were originally presented as papers at "Chautauqua in Mississippi: Order and Image in the American Small Town," a symposium held at Mississippi State University in Starkville. It was sponsored by the Mississippi Committee for the Humanities and the School of Architecture at Mississippi State University. The symposium papers were published as the Fall 1980 edition of the Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South.

The Small Town as an Art Object

Fazio, Michael W.
Publisher: Center for Small Town Research and Design, Mississippi State University
Collaborators: James F. Barker and Henry P. Hildebrandt

Fazio, Michael W. "Four Great Spaces" Mississippi State Alumnus 80.2 (2004): 23-26.
Fazio, Michael W. "The Making and UnMaking of the Woodward Iron Company" Alabama Heritage 68.Spring (2003): 6-17.
Fazio, Michael W. and Patrick Snadon. "Benjamin Latrobe and Thomas Jefferson Redesign the President's House" White House History 8.Fall (2000): 36-53.
Fazio, Michael W. "Agents of Change" Architecture South 2.2 (1995): 10-11.
Fazio, Michael W. "Interpreting Southern Antebellum Architecture in the 1990s" Architectural Education 44.4 (1991): 225-234.
Fazio, Michael W. "Modularity in Southern Antebellum Plantation Houses: Form and Meaning" Pioneer America Society Transactions 12 (1989): 1-10.
Fazio, Michael W. "The Planned Capital: A Universal Planning Phenomenon in the Deep South" ARRIS: journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 (1989): 29-49.
Fazio, Michael W. "Benjamin Latrobe's Designs for a Lighthouse at the Mouth of the Mississippi River" Society of Architectural Historians Journal 48.3 (1989): 232-247.