Raised in Canada and New York City, Dr. Barbara Lamprecht is Pasadena-based “qualified architectural historian” specializing in the rehabilitation of Modern buildings; national and local designations; and Mills Act contracts. Lamprecht is the author of Neutra: Complete Works (Taschen, 2000), Neutra (Taschen 2004) and Richard Neutra: Furniture: The Body and the Senses (Wasmuth, 2015). Lamprecht has taught all periods of architectural history at several institutions and lectures widely, including the National Building Museum; Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; ModernismWeek, Palm Springs; and the Getty Conservation Institute. Lamprecht earned an M.Arch., at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and her Ph.D. at the University of Liverpool.
Her dissertation explored Richard Neutra’s late nineteenth and early twentieth century roots in science and landscape, especially concentrating on his work linking the body, the senses, and the experience of architecture. She has also worked on the designs of other Modernists, such as Buff, Straub, and Hensman, and contributed a book chapter for William Krisel’s Palm Springs: The Language of Modernism, 2015, and another for the 2017 Clocks and Clouds on the work of contemporary Los Angeles-Zurich architecture firm EscherGunewardena. As a project manager and building designer, she has led rehabilitations of two Neutra houses, working closely with top-tier trade professionals.
Currently, she is working on the rehabilitation of the Jardinette Apartments, Hollywood, a four-story reinforced concrete International Style building designed by Neutra with Rudolf Schindler, 1928. Lamprecht and will be speaking on the physiological and psychological aspects of architecture in Chicago; New Hope, PA; and Vienna this year.