AboutKathryn O’Rourke is a historian of modern architecture whose interests include many subjects in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. She is the author of Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), which received the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award, and the editor of O’Neil Ford on Architecture (University of Texas Press, 2019). She is currently at work on a book manuscript, Archaism and Humanism in Modern Architecture.
At Trinity University, O’Rourke directs the minor in Architectural Studies, and teaches courses on the art and architecture of Latin America and on modern architecture. She also teaches in the Urban Studies program and is affiliated with Trinity’s Mexico-Americas-Spain (MAS) Program.
From 2016 to 2020 Professor O’Rourke served as secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians. She served for six years on the State Board of Review of the Texas Historical Commission, four of them as vice-chair. She sits on the Visiting Committee on Latin American Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, and is a founder and the president of Design|Forum, a San Antonio non-profit.
EducationB.A., Wellesley College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania