Sophie Kressler

BA Honors | Art History


I am a senior from Rumson, NJ studying art history with a minor in digital marketing. My favorite art period is Modern Art, which influenced my choice in topic for this thesis project. I hope to have a career in art business, particularly in working in client development or client relations management, so I am excited to begin working at Gagosian in New York after graduation! Outside of school and work, I have been on the Notre Dame Women’s Boxing team for four years, and I love spending time at home by the beach with friends and family.


Antonio Sant’Elia: The Father of Modern Architecture

My thesis examines the work of Antonio Sant’Elia of the Futurist movement, with particular attention paid to his project La Città Nuova. I attempt to prove the historical importance of his legacy and recast him as a leader in his field and a founder of modern architecture. Sant’Elia died in World War I before most of his work could be realized, but hundreds of his preserved drawings prove him to be innovative and an avid appreciator of the marvels of modern technology.


La città nuova airplane and railroad station, with cable cars and elevators on three street levels

Black ink, blue-black pencil on tracing paper | 50 x 39 cm | 1914.

Terraced house with external elevators

Black ink, blue-black pencil on yellow paper | 32.5 x 24 cm | 1914

La città nuova power station

Black, green, and red ink, black pencil on paper | 31 x 20.5 cm | 1914

Design for the new cemetery in Monza, perspective view

Black and blue ink on paper | 76.5 x 88.6 cm | 1911-1912

Design for the façade of the new central railway station in Milan, main façade, [period photo reproduction]

Black ink, black pencil, and gold on paper | 1912