(interviewee)New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections
(publisher)Parsons School of Design
February 1 1994
Recorded on February 1, 1994, this is the first of two interviews with Stanley Barrows conducted by Martica Sawin. Barrows discusses being a student at Parsons School of Design on the eve of World War Two, his military service, and his twenty years as a professor at Parsons, beginning after the war and lasting until his departure for the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1968. Barrows recounts leading the school’s interior design students on trips to France, Italy and England, and discusses his later career as a contributing writer to Architectural Digest. He details the pre-war history of Parsons, offering summaries of the careers of Frank Alvah Parsons, Van Day Truex, and William M. Odom. Barrows also describes a number of other Parsons associates, including Michel Gallet, Millicent Rogers, and Ruby Ross Wood. Barrows discusses the evolution of pedagogy within Parsons as an institution, with particular attention to classical French interiors, the theory of dynamic symmetry, and Parsons studio practices, including rendering and maquettes. Throughout the interview, Sawin and Barrows review a number of student drawings at Parsons, described as being part of a bound volume. Barrows mentions a personal archive.
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