Catherine W. Zipf

Books and Essays

"The Doctor is IN: Gender, Space, and Power in Lucy's Psychiatric Booth"

Peanuts and American Culture: Essays on Charles M. Schulz's Iconic Comic Strip

As a contributing author to Peanuts and American Culture: Essays on Charles M. Schulz's Iconic Comic Strip, Zipf explores the gender dynamic surrounding Lucy Van Pelt's psychiatric booth, from its first appearance in 1952 to the final years of the strip. Zipf shows how Lucy's booth operated as a gendered space, endowing the character with an alternative, if fictional, identity. Along the way, Zipf discusses Scultz's use of the character of Lucy to explore feminist ideas and the usage of the term "Feminism" within the strip's history.

"Surveys, Seminars, and Starchitects: Gender Studies and Architectural History Pedagogy in American Architectural Education"

A Gendered Profession: The Question of Representation in Space Making

Zipf's contribution to A Gendered Profession: The Question of Representation in Space Making examines the extent to which architectural history curricula have undermined efforts to diversify the field of architecture. By researching how gendered spaces are taught within American architecture schools, Zipf identifies the challenges to teaching the topic, explores options for how architectural history pedagogy could move beyond the traditional historical survey, and explains why this would prove beneficial to the field.

Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement

Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement

The award-winning Professional Pursuits: Women and the American Arts and Crafts Movement explores how Arts and Crafts philosophy helped women sidestep barriers to professional life. To document this trend, Zipf examines the careers of Hazel Wood Waterman, Mary Louise McLaughlin, Candace Wheeler, Adelaide Alsop Robineau and Irene Sargent in unprecedented detail. Professional Pursuits is now available in paperback from the University of Tennessee Press.

A Female Modernist in the Classical Capital: Chloethiel Woodard Smith and the Architecture of Southwest Washington, DC

A Female Modernist in the Classical Capital: Chloethiel Woodard Smith and the Architecture of Southwest Washington, DC

The culmination of a grant-funded project, A Female Modernist examines the career of Modern architect Chloethiel Woodard Smith and her designs for the Southwest quadrant of Washington, DC. Smith's career coincided with one of the most regressive periods in women's history. Yet, despite these obstacles, Smith had a robust and influential practice. Zipf examines this seeming dichotomy in further detail.


Articles, Op-Eds, and Blogs

Women as Architecture Patrons in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island
SAH Archipedia, July 1, 2019

Entries included:

Mass. Gets PawSox, R.I. Keeps Apex
The Providence Journal, August 29, 2018

The Wonderfully Greek Providence Athenaeum
The Providence Journal, July 25, 2018

Returning the Focus in RI to Preservation
The Providence Journal, June 27, 2018

This is No Eiffel Tower
The Providence Journal, May 31, 2018

The Passing of an Elegant Bridge
The Providence Journal, April 26, 2018

How Buildings 'Learn' Over Time
The Providence Journal, March 29, 2018

Hidden Treasure in Lombard's Garage
The Providence Journal, February 22, 2018

Keeping Tabs on R.I.'s Historical Gems
The Providence Journal, January 25, 2018

When the New Becomes the Old
The Providence Journal, December 27, 2017

Bus Station Proposal is Appalling
The Providence Journal, November 30, 2017

The Architectural Side of Sears
The Providence Journal, October 26, 2017

Benny's Design was a Delight
The Providence Journal, September 28, 2017

"We Can Not Publish What We Can Not Procure": Women Readers as Content Providers in Keramic Studio, 1899-1924
American Periodicals: A Journal of History and Criticism, Vol. 27, No. 2 (2017) p140-164

Union Imposed its Cemeteries on South
The Providence Journal, August 30, 2017

History Underscores House's Importance
The Providence Journal, July 26, 2017

The Mysterious Hidden Chase House
The Providence Journal, June 28, 2017

Will Historic House Face Demolition?
The Providence Journal, May 24, 2017

Not Just 'K,' but Great
The Providence Journal, April 26, 2017

The Crazy Old Uncle of Downtown Providence
The Providence Journal, March 29, 2017

A Touch of Rhode Island in California
The Providence Journal, February 23, 2017

Philemon Sturges: Rhode Island's Modernist Architect
Docomomo_US News/Special Edition--Unexpected Modernists: Lesser Known Architects and Designers, February 9, 2017

Wrought By Her Hands: The American Arts & Crafts Movement and its Women Practitioners
The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, Vol. XVI, No. 11 (February 2017) p28-30

Enjoy Vaughan's Architectural Gems in Our Area
The Providence Journal, January 25, 2017

R.I.'s Most Powerful Building
The Providence Journal, December 28, 2016

The Architecture of American Slavery: Teaching the Black Lives Matter Movement to Architects
Radical Teacher, November 23, 2016

The Great Rhode Island Divide
The Providence Journal, November 23, 2016

The Story of URI's Shabby Arts Center
The Providence Journal, October 26, 2016

RI's Other Industrial Trusts
The Providence Journal, September 28, 2016

History Comes to Life in RI
The Providence Journal, August 24, 2016

Looking for Black Lives in our Architecture
The Providence Journal, July 27, 2016

Beautiful Building is Coming Down
The Providence Journal, June 29, 2016

Bristol's Greek Revival Houses
The Providence Journal, May 25, 2016

Getting 10-Year-Olds into Architecture
The Providence Journal, April 28, 2016

Lessons from America's Cup Avenue
The Providence Journal, March 24, 2016

A Haven for African-Americans in R.I.
The Providence Journal, February 25, 2016

A Masterful Modern Gothic in Middletown
The Providence Journal, January 28, 2016

A Progressive and Public Library
The Providence Journal, December 23, 2015

Dazzling Design Leaves Behind a Dud [Where Cadillac Motors Used to Be]
The Providence Journal, October 29, 2015

Teaching Architecture & Gender: Why We're Still not Getting it Right
Architexx, October 6, 2015

Famous Detroit Architect, in Providence
The Providence Journal, September 24, 2015

Alice Vanderbilt's Newport Neighbors
The Providence Journal, August 27, 2015

Assimilation and Architecture: The Construction of an Irish Neighborhood, Newport, RI
Journal of City, Culture and Architecture, Vol. 1, No. 1 (July 30, 2015) p1-20

Give my Regards to Brutalism [Brutalism Blues]
The Providence Journal, July 30, 2015

At Touro, Palladio Meets the Enlightenment
The Providence Journal, June 25, 2015

Potato Heads and Public Art
The Providence Journal, May 28, 2015

Coming Soon: Houses by Ikea (Maybe)
The Providence Journal, April 23, 2015

What's Up with Flat Roofs?
The Providence Journal, April 2, 2015

1.7 Percent is Not Progress: Diversity and Representation at National Parks and Monuments
Preservation Leadership Forum Blog, National Trust for Historic Preservation, March 25, 2015

Octagonal Pegs in a Square Landscape
The Providence Journal, February 26, 2015

Behind the Scenes at 53 Bridge St.
The Providence Journal, January 22, 2015

Ads Abound in Times Square, but it is a Good Sign?
The Providence Journal, December 26, 2014

"Research Notes: The Trials and Tribulations of Mapping Colonial Newport"
Buildings and Landscapes, Vol. 21, No. 2 (Fall 2014) p113-120 (Available via JSTOR)

Parks and Parklets in Providence
The Providence Journal, November 27, 2014

Yes, Rhode Island, We Have Modern Buildings
The Providence Journal, October 23, 2014

Newport Takes Revolutionary Approach Toward History
The Providence Journal, September 24, 2014

The Forgotten Architect of Providence's Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
The Providence Journal, July 17, 2014

A Bristol Architectural Jewel Needs to be Saved
The Providence Journal, January 28, 2014

Bristol, RI's, Notable Buildings by Women of Note
Bristol-Warren Patch, March 28, 2012

Ode to the Often-Disdained Concrete Block
Bristol-Warren Patch, October 26, 2011

Meet Bristol [RI]'s Original Star-chitect
Bristol-Warren Patch, September 28, 2011

A Bit of Homegrown Modern Architecture in Bristol [RI]
Bristol-Warren Patch, September 27, 2011