Marco Frascari, professor of architecture at Virginia Tech, taught at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center until his death in 2013. The Marco Frascari collection consists of books Frascari donated to WAAC when he served as the G.T. Ward Professor of Architecture and books purchased from Paola Frascari in 2014. The collection is housed in the Marco and Paola Frascari Room in the WAAC Library.
Available for use by students, faculty, and visiting scholars, the library will primarily support the activities of the Ph.D. Program in Architecture + Design that Frascari founded. The unique collection of more than five thousand volumes includes rare books from the sixteenth century as well as difficult-to-find contemporary publications. This special collection will be preserved to study Frascari’s intellectual contributions to the field. It will also be actively used to promote Frascari’s Macaronic approach to discover original intellectual connections through the juxtaposition of book volumes.
Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students may use the Frascari collection at the WAAC Library Mondays through Fridays between 10:00am and 6:00pm. Visiting scholars and the public wishing to use the collection should contact the librarian to make arrangements.