Vincent Joseph Scully, Jr. (born August 21, 1920) is Sterling Professor Emeritus of the History of Art in Architecture at Yale University, and the author of several books on the subject. Architect Philip Johnson once described Scully as "the most influential architectural teacher ever." His lectures at Yale were known to attract casual visitors and packed houses, and regularly received standing ovations.
Born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, Scully attended Hillhouse High School. At the age of 16, he entered Yale University. He earned his BA degree from Yale in 1940, his M.A. in 1947, and his Ph.D in 1949. He has taught classes at Yale since 1947, often to packed lecture rooms. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Miami. Scully officially retired from Yale in 1991, but continued giving courses there and at the University of Miami. He announced in 2009, however, at the age of 89, that he was no longer well enough to continue teaching.
Scully's early advocacy was critical to the emergence of both Louis I. Kahn and Robert Venturi as important 20th Century architects. Scully was a fierce critic of the 1963 destruction of New York's original Pennsylvania Station, memorably writing, "One entered the city like a god. One scuttles in now like a rat."
Awards and honors
In 1995, the National Endowment for the Humanities chose Scully to deliver the Jefferson Lecture, the U.S. federal government's highest humanities honor. His lecture was on the topic of "The Architecture of Community," a concept that became central to his architectural philosophy.
In 1999, the Vincent Scully Prize was established by the National Building Museum to honor individuals who have exhibited exemplary practice, scholarship or criticism in architecture, historic preservation and urban design. Scully himself was the first honoree.
In 2004, President George W. Bush presented Scully with the National Medal of Arts, the United States' highest honor for artists and arts patrons. The medal citation read: "For his remarkable contributions to the history of design and modern architecture, including his influential teaching as an architectural historian."
- American Architecture and Urbanism. Revised Edition. 2013 Trinity University Press
- The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture Revised Edition. 2013 Trinity University Press
- Architecture: The Natural and the Manmade
- The Villas of Palladio
- "The Shingle Style: Architectural Theory and Design from Richardson to the Origins of Wright" 1955, Library of Congress catalog card number 55-5988
- Frank Lloyd Wright 1960
- Louis I. Kahn. 1962, George Braziller Inc.
- Modern Architecture - The Architecture of Democracy 1961, 1974
- The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods: Greek Sacred Architecture 1962.
- American Architecture and Urbanism 1969
- The Shingle Style Today 1974
- Pueblo: Mountain, Village, Dance 1989* Modern Architecture and Other Essays 2003
- National Building Museum
- Richard Conniff, "The Patriarch," Yale Alumni Magazine, March/April 2008.
- Vincent J. Scully at Yale University Department of the History of Art website (retrieved February 6, 2009).
- Vincent Scully at University of Miami School of Architecture website (retrieved February 6, 2009).
- "Mr. Scully's Architecture Class Is Dismissed"
- "With apologies, a legendary lecturer steps down"
- "Professor Vincent Scully Retires"
- Herbert Muschamp, "Architecture View; In This Dream Station Future and Past Collide," New York Times, June 20, 1993.
- Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award Winner History at Society of Architectural Historians website (retrieved February 6, 2009).
- James Barron, "Chronicle," New York Times, May 15, 1995.
- Jefferson Lecturers at NEH Website (retrieved February 6, 2009),
- Vincent Scully Prize at National Building Museum website (retrieved February 6, 2009).
- "Scully honored for shaping the vision of urban planners," Yale Bulletin & Calendar, September 26, 2003 (retrieved February 6, 2009).
- "Scully is awarded National Medal of Arts at White House ceremony," Yale Bulletin & Calendar, December 3, 2004 (retrieved February 6, 2009).
- "2004 National Medal of Arts: Vincent Scully" at National Endowment for the Arts website (retrieved February 6, 2009).
Interview with Vincent Scully, November 2014, by Daniel Sherer and Yehuda Safran. In Potlatch 4 (2016)