Thomas Leslie, an architecture
professor at Iowa State University, has won a 2013 Rome Prize from the American
Academy in Rome. He joins a 120-year lineage of Rome Prize Fellows that
represents America's nobility in the humanities and arts. They include composer
Aaron Copland; architects Louis Kahn, Richard Meier, Michael Graves and Maya
Lin; writers William Styron, Robert Penn Warren, Ralph Ellison and Frank
McCourt; and artists Roy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella. Leslie, who is the
Pickard Chilton Professor in Architecture at ISU, said in a news release that
he "gets a little dizzy" thinking about the roster he's joining.
During his six-month fellowship in Rome, Leslie will document, analyze and
advocate for the preservation of buildings by Pier Luigi Nervi, a postwar
Italian engineer and architect. Nervi is known for his technical mastery of
reinforced concrete, which he used in large-span structures.