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Christian F. 1940-2013 Otto

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April 04, 2013
I was in his freshman history of arch. lecture course in 1974. I didn't realize that he was only 33 years old then. He was so smart, light hearted and inspiring (of course a Gemini) and one of the reasons that I stayed in Architecture for the 2nd year (and graduated). I bumped into him in NYC about 15 years ago and told him that he was one of the best Professors (and there weren't/aren't many great ones)in the Arch. school. Chris was appreciative and humble as ever. It appears that he left gracefully but too soon.
April 03, 2013
In 2008, I had the honor of studying the architecture of Vienna, Austria with Chris and a team of teachers. Chris took us on walking tours of Vienna, where every few steps, there was something interesting to learn and see about historic and contemporary architecture. I remember well our visit to Karlskirche, and our many discussions in the Schottenschift. I'll share one of my favorite photos from our time in Vienna, Karlskirche.
April 03, 2013
Please accept my condolences. Professor Otto's lectures/demonstrations on the architecture of Vienna stand among the highlights of my stay on an NEH program in 2011.
April 02, 2013
My husband and I met Chris in 2002 and in 2008 in Vienna. Chris was such a great and intelligent man to be around. So sad to hear the news. We send our heartfelt condolences.
April 02, 2013
I was a participant in the 2003 NEH Institute in Vienna. Both Chris Otto and I and a few other participants were placed in the overflow hotel, the Harmonie, because the main hotel couldn't accommodate the entire group. At first I was disappointed, but very soon felt very lucky because Chris and I had breakfast together every morning. After 2003 I was the curriculum consultant for the Mozart Institute. I was so lucky to know Chris and work with him for so many summers. He was the very prototype of a good teacher; he respected his students; he shared his knowledge and passion for learning, and he was never too busy to spend time with me and his other students to explain in more detail the finer points of his brilliant lectures and tours. Chris taught me how to read a building like a text, see it as a work of art organized in the same form as a musical composition, experience it as an integrated, coherent work of art. Chris taught me to see differently, and what greater gift can a teacher give to his students.
I've included a picture of Chris from 2008 in our classroom in the Schatten Abbey in Vienna. I would like to add more pictures, but it seems this site allows only one post per entry. I'll add more on separate posts.
I am so thankful for having had the privilege of knowing Chris Otto. In my estimation he belongs in the pantheon of the greatest of all teachers; in fact, in the pantheon of greatest of all people.

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