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Richard Guy Wilson
Richard Guy Wilson
Exhibition Curator and Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History

Since the original exhibition, its curator, Richard Guy Wilson, has continued his unique research, uncovering new information that paints an even richer and more nuanced picture of the University’s earliest development and the people involved in its construction.
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Brian Cofrancesco
Brian Cofrancesco
Curatorial Intern

An Architectural History major pursuing minors in Architecture and Historic Preservation, Brian is the undergraduate assistant on this exhibition supporting Prof. Wilson’s research. This has given him the rare opportunity to view and handle Jefferson’s original drawings and learn some surprising facts.
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Brian Cofrancesco
Brian Cofrancesco
Curatorial Intern

One of my special tasks has been to search for unique items to feature in the exhibition–three dimensional items that provide a new perspective on the Academical Village and provide further insight into its design and layout; namely, architectural models.
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Elizabeth Hicks
Elizabeth Hicks
Curatorial Assistant

When I began to research the Academical Village model, I came to realize that there is a very little known about the architectural model which resided in the University’s Architecture School for so many years.
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Judith Shatin
Judith Shatin
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Music and Director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music, McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia

Shatin describes one of her news projects, Rotunda, a collaboration with filmmaker Robert Arnold. For this film, Shatin created music from recordings capturing the resonance of the Dome Room, of people speaking about the Rotunda, and of sounds made in the vicinity of the Lawn.
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Elizabeth Hicks
Elizabeth Hicks
Curatorial Assistant

New research at Special Collections Library gives way to answers about the 1926 architectural model formerly housed in the A-School.
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Meet the scholars, conservators, archivists, and curators as they search for clues, solve mysteries, and piece together evidence in order to uncover the full story of the University’s earliest days. Their work, often solitary and frequently painstaking but always exciting, sheds light on the creation and construction of Thomas Jefferson’s unique design for the University of Virginia.