Architectural Archives

David Guise Collection (132)

The collection comprises teaching and research files and an extensive collection of teaching slides, all focused on architectural design and construction technology. The collection contains only a small amount of material related to architectural design projects of David Guise.

Biographical / Historical Sketch

David Earl Guise was born on December 29th, 1931 in New York City.  He was trained in architecture at the University of Pennsylvania (B.Arch. with honors, 1957) where he studied with Lewis Mumford, Louis I. Kahn, Robert Geddes, and Robert LeRicolais.  He established his own firm in New York City in 1962.  He was one of the founding faculty (1966) of the School of Architecture of the City College of New York, where he taught design and construction technology until retirement. He also served as visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, and taught in the A.I.A. Professional Continuing Education Program. His architectural design projects have appeared in several professional publications, including Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and Detail (Germany).  His book, Design and Technology in Architecture, was published in 1985, with a revised edition in 1991.

Scope & Content Note

The David Guise collection comprises teaching and research files and an extensive collection of teaching slides, all focused on architectural design and construction technology.  The files contain clippings, brochures, photographs and working drawings.  The slides (many photographed by Guise during construction) document structural features of some of the best known buildings of the 20th century.  The collection also contains a copy of the revised edition of Guise's Design and Technology in Architecture and an unpublished manuscript by August Komendant, "Philosophy of Technology for Architecture and Engineering."

Guise organized and indexed his own collection, and the materials have remained as received except that slides have been placed in archival slide pages.  Wherever possible, materials are filed in order of Guise's numbering system.  Slides found under a single index number (in boxes, projector magazines, projector carousels and reference files) are filed in Series II. A.  A small number of projector carousels containing multiple index numbers proved difficult to separate.  Slides from these carousels have been placed in slide pages in the same order as found in the carousels and filed in Series II. B.  Slides lacking an index number are filed in Series II. C.  Guise's indexes were drawn up some years before the collection was donated to the Architectural Archives.  Some materials indexed were not found in the collection at the time of cataloging, and some materials in the collection are not included in the indexes.

Guise's teaching slides include a small number of his own architectural design projects.  The collection contains no personal or biographical materials, no teaching records from City College of New York and no business records or architectural drawings from Guise's architectural practice.


Acquisition:  Gift of David Guise, 2002.