Books

Twentieth-Century American Architecture: The Buildings and Their Makers (W. W. Norton, 2000)

“This book is about as good a summary of American architecture as anyone is likely to write.  It is full and accurate in its facts, wise and fair in its judgments.” – The New York Times

“Writing with depth and good humor, Wiseman deftly chronicles one of the most dramatic and spectacular periods of this country’s architectural history.” – Architectural Record

“[A] compelling argument for the importance of the architecture to our current culture… a desirable addition to the shelves of readers even with only a passing interest in architecture, and an essential book for the more serious.” – Publishers Weekly


Louis I. Kahn: Beyond Time and Style (W. W. Norton, 2007)

An “exquisitely written, handsomely illustrated, multidimensional biography that judiciously balances the drama of Kahn’s undisciplined romantic life with the extraordinary discipline of his professional life.” – Architectural Record

“Carter Wiseman has managed to construct a sympathetic portrait of an imperfect man, without the bathos of hagiography granted some architectural figures in history, or the indulgent intrigue of the gossip page.” – The Architect’s Newspaper

“A model for what books of this sort should be.” – San Francisco Chronicle


I.M. Pei: A Profile in American Architecture (Harry N. Abrams, 2001)

“…a compelling story of the complementary and conflicting forces involved in the process of building today.” – Architectural Record

“A satisfying, full account of the life, work and enigmatic personality of the best known living architect…” – Los Angeles Times

a behind-the-scenes look at how architecture really works: the politics and pitfalls that bedevil a project from concept to finished building.” – Newsweek


A Place for the Arts: The MacDowell Colony, 1907-2007 (MacDowell Colony, 2006)

“By incorporating its history with personal perspectives of former fellows, essays on the role of art in society and vintage and contemporary photographs, Carter Wiseman, MacDowell’s president, brings readers an intimate portrayal of this groundbreaking artist residency program.  The book stands as solid evidence of the wisdom of the founders’ vision.” – American Craft

“The photographs alone are worth the purchase of the book… All in all, [it] is a rare opportunity to understand at least some small part of what makes MacDowell so special.” – Academia

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