Professor of Art History Thomas Noble Howe co-published a peer-reviewed online monograph with Prof. Joseph C. Williams (Univ. of Maryland), Adan Ramos (UMd), and Gabriel Maslen (UMd and Tecnico di Milano), “The Role of the Field Architect in the Digital Age: Integrating Human and Electronic Recording at the Villa Arianna in Roman Stabiae”, The Journal for Field Archaeology, Received 17 Apr 2023, Accepted 04 Sep 2023, Published online: 11 Oct 2023. Howe is the overall director of the project and began to develop the technique of using conventional digital survey commands in the then-nascent digital laser EMD (Electronic Measuring Distance) surveying instruments to develop an efficient means of using surveying line commands to create a precise 3D “line wire cage drawing” to guide the completion of on-site hand drawings. He was the chief field architect and associate director of the American Academy in Rome Palatine Excavation project (1988-1994) and has been the director general of the Restoring Ancient Stabiae project since 1998.

—October 2023

Two chapters published by Professor of Art and Architecture Thomas Noble Howe in Jan. 2020 for the 21st Edition of Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture (see Jan. 2020, by Royal Institute of British Architects, Bloomsbury Press, Jan. 2020): “Hellenistic Architecture” (17,000 words) and “The Christian Roman Empire, A.D. 306-c. A.D. 500,” (11,000 words), pp. 284-331; 409-43 was awarded the prestigious Colvin Prize for 2020 by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. It was recently awarded the Special Prize in the 2023 Architectural Book of the Year Awards at the World Architecture Festival (WAF), which was open to all books published over the last three years. Bloomsbury tells us that the book’s online version is currently licensed by 253 institutions worldwide. Altogether, this amounts to an astonishingly high level of online readership for the new Banister Fletcher, which far surpasses the previous book-based editions. The 21st Edition seems easily to exceed the readership figures for any previous global architectural history survey. Altogether, this amounts to an astonishingly high level of online readership for the new Banister Fletcher, which far surpasses the book-based previous editions (for comparison’s sake, the print-only 20th Edition managed to sell 25,000 hard copies over the 25-year period following its 1996 publication).

—July 2023

Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Howe was invited to attend the opening of a major new exhibition of Roman painting at the San Antonio Museum of Art, “Roman Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth from Rome and Pompeii,” on February 23. Howe was part of the technical advisory committee for the exhibit, and several frescoes from his archaeological site of the Roman villas of Stabiae were included in the exhibit. The exhibit will be open until May 21, 2023. Howe will be lecturing in San Antonio on recent discoveries from his site in April.

—February 2023

On February 8-10, Professor of Art and Art History Thomas Howe was invited to do a department review of an undergraduate interdisciplinary architecture major at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, AL, of a program introduced five years ago largely based on the Architecture Minor which Howe introduced at Southwestern in 1985.

—February 2023

Professor of Art History Thomas Howe recently reviewed two books for the American Journal of Archaeology: Oplontis: Villa A (“of Poppaea”) at Torre Annunziata, Italy, Volume 2: The Decorations: Painting, Stucco, Pavements, Sculpturesedited by John R. Clarke and Nayla K. Muntasser, and Archaeological Exploration of Sardis Report 7: The Temple of Artemis at Sardis by Fikret K. Yegül (review to be published in January 2023). The two books represent two radically different approaches to current high-quality archaeological publication. The first is completely digital and lavishly illustrated beyond the normal means of hard-copy publication, while the second is a very traditional hard copy with plates, also lavishly illustrated with line drawings by the author. Clarke and Howe currently lead the excavations of the two largest villas in the Bay of Naples (Stabiae and Oplontis), and Clarke and Muntasser have both lectured at Southwestern. Howe began his archaeological career in 1980 at Sardis and made a few short contributions that Yegül generously credits with having clarified the controversial issue of the chronology of the Artemis temple.

—August 2022