February 14, 2019
Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Professor of Art History at University College Dublin, was recently awarded the Gold Medal for Humanities from the Royal Irish Academy. Considered to be the highest scholarly accolade in Ireland, the Academy Gold Medals in the Humanities and the Physical and Mathematical Sciences celebrate the acheivements of inspirational figures in higher education in Ireland and acknowledge the global impact of their work. James-Chakraborty is the first woman to receive the award since the award's inception in 2005.
Recipients are judged by their peers to have made outstanding contributions in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, physical and mathematical sciences, life sciences, engineering sciences and the environment and geosciences. James-Chakraborty, a historian of early modern and modern architecture, is an expert on twentieth-century German and American modernism. To date, she has authored more than 70 book chapters, journal articles and contributions to exhibition catalogues. She has also co-edited six collections of essays and special journal issues, and is a current member of the board of the Society of Architectural Historians, and of the Building of Ireland Charitable Trust, the Chester Beatty Library and the National Museum of Ireland, where she chairs one of the two standing committees of the board.
Prior to teaching at UCD, James-Chakraborty was a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley for fourteen years.
Read more about the award on the Royal Irish Academy website.