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Armi, C[lement] Edson
February 6, 1946
Place Born: Philadelphia, PA
January 1, 1970
University of California, Santa Barbara medievalist architectural historian. Armi was the son of Edgar Leo Armi and Emita Dember (Armi). He graduated from Columbia College, Columbia University with a B. A. in 1967, continuing for his M.A. and Ph.D. After research as a Woodrow Wilson fellow, 1970-1972, his dissertation on Romanesque wall structure was accepted in 1973. Armi secured an appointment at the University of Chicago as an assistant professor in 1974. He remained there until 1977 where moved to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, as an associate professor of art history. Armi's book Masons and Sculptors in Romanesque Burgundy: the New Aesthetic of Cluny III of 1983 focused on construction methods of the Romanesque. He published a book on car design in 1988. He married Mary Elisabeth Spear in 1991. Armi moved to Santa Barbara in 1992 as professor at the University of California there. There he wrote a book on the various artists involved with the sculpture of Chartres cathedral. In 1999 he was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship which resulted in his 2004 book on romanesque building construction.
Bibliography: [dissertation:] Saint-Philibert at Tournus and Wall Systems of First Romanesque Architecture. Columbia University, 1973; "The Formation of the Torpedo Tourer." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 29, no. 4 (December 1970): 339-346;Masons and Sculptors in Romanesque Burgundy: the New Aesthetic of Cluny III. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1983; The Art of American Car Design: the Profession and Personalities: "Not Simple Like Simon." University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1988; The "Headmaster" of Chartres and the Origins of "Gothic" Sculpture. University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1994; American Car Design Now: the Creating and Marketing of American Cars. New York: Rizzoli, 2003; Design and Construction in Romanesque Architecture: First Romanesque Architecture and the Pointed arch in Burgundy and Northern Italy. Cambridge, UK/New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004.