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PhD: received, December 2005, Department of Art History, University of Chicago. Dissertation
entitled, “Sites of Lost Dwelling: The Figure of the Archaic City in the Discourses of Urban
M.Arch. received from the University of California, Los Angeles, concentration in History,
Analysis and Criticism of Architecture; master’s thesis on the architecture of Grand Central
B.A. received from Brown University, double concentration in Anthropology and Semiotics,
senior thesis on the structures of Inuit mythology.
CSU and RSCA Research Grants (various short-term research grants), California State University, 2009-2015
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Penn Humanities Forum, University of Pennsylvania, 2007-08
Dissertation Award, Department of Art History, University of Chicago, May 2006
Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation Year Fellowship: July 2004-June 2005.
Council on Library and Information Resources Dissertation Research Fellowship: June-
Getty Library Research Grant: February 2003.
Associate Professor: Department of Art and Art History, San José State University (beginning
August 2015); specialization in the history of modern and contemporary architecture.
Courses include: Modern Architecture; Contemporary Architecture; Design in Society;
Professional Writing in Contemporary Art, and the History of 20th Century Urban Design.
Developed thesis guidelines and taught graduate writing course for the MFA program,
beginning fall 2009; Responsibilities for graduate advising, beginning fall 2010. Assistant Professor: Department of Art and Art History, San José State University (2008-2015; tenured and promoted May 2015).
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow: Department of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, 2007 - 08;
2007-2008, responsible for two undergraduate seminars: “Athens / Babylon: Images and
Metaphors of the American City”and “Representing the 20th Century Metropolis:
Architecture, Painting, Film.”
Dean’s Appointment: Department of Art History Temple University, 2005 - 07;
full-time teaching appointment, with undergraduate and graduate course responsibilities.Courses
have included graduate seminars: “The Twentieth Century Metropolis” (Spring 2006),
“Philadelphia Architecture and Urbanism” (Spring 2006) and “Empathy, Experience and the Body
in Art Historical Discourse”(Fall 2006); and undergraduate lecture courses: “American Architecture”
(Fall 2005) and “Art Heritage of the Western World” (2005-6); “Modern Architecture,
1750-present” (Fall 2006).
Preceptor for the Master of Arts in the Humanities Program, University of Chicago; Fall
1999- May 2002; Assisted instruction of core course, “Foundations of Interpretive Theory,”
taught graduate “Writing Workshop,” advised master’s theses in a variety of disciplines,
including Art History, English, Philosophy and Music.
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago; Fall 2001; Co-
taught “Introduction to Theory of Architecture” for freshman majors; organized syllabus,
conducted lectures, supervised teaching assistants.
Adjunct Professor in Art History at De Paul University, 1998-2001; Responsible for
teaching: “Survey of Modern Architecture” (Fall 1998 and 99); “Survey of Ancient
Architecture” (Winter, 1999); “Introduction to Art and Art History,” (Winter 2001), “Chicago
Architecture and Urbanism” (Spring 2001).
Lecturer in Art History at the University of Chicago, Fall, 1998- Fall 1999; Responsible for
teaching Art History 101 (“Aesthetic Perceptions/Urban Formations”) in the college and a
course entitled “Chicago Architecture from the Great Fire to the Great Depression” at the
Graham School of General Studies:
“From Statecraft to Stagecraft: The Visual Politics of Britishness at the South Bank Exhibition,
in Ortenberg, Paperny and Devos eds., Architecture of Great Expositions 1937-1958: Reckoning with Global War (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015) 115-132.
“From Spatial Feeling to Functionalist Design: Contrasting Representations of the Baroque in
Steen Eiler Rasmussen’s Experiencing Architecture,” in The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980,
ed. Andrew Leach, John MacArthur, and Maarten Delbeke (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015) 173-184.
“‘Egalitarianism Has No Meaning Here’: Hubert de Cronin Hastings and the Aesthetic Politics of Townscape,”
Proceedings of the 16th International Planning History Society, Christopher Silver and Dan Zhu eds.
(St. Augustine: University of Florida, July 2014) 886-898.
“Urban contrast and Neo-Toryism: On the Social and Political Symbolism of
The Architectural Review’s Townscape Campaign," Planning Perspectives,
27 May 2014 (online) DOI:10.1080/02665433.2014.918861, 1-34.
"Simulating Spatial Experience in the People’s Berkeley: The Urban Design
Experiments of Donald Appleyard and Kenneth Craik," Design and Culture,
Vol. 6, no. 1, February 2011, 46-64.
"Ending the Hegemony of ‘Space’: Steen Eiler Rasmussen and the Relativization
of Baroque Aesthetics," in Hilde Heynen and Janina Gosseye, eds., Proceedings of
the 2nd International Conference of the European Architectural History Network,
Koninkligke Vlaamse Academie van Belgie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten,
Contactforum, Brussels, 2012, 419-423
"Spectacle of the Hyper-Real: Environmental Simulation, Cybernetic Subjects, and
Urban Design," Digital Aptitudes + Other Openings, Proceedings of the 100th Meeting
of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, ACSA Press, Washington, DC,
April 2012, 654-660.
“Constructing the Edge: Architecture in a Turbulent Age," (book review) Boom,
A Journal of California, vol. 2, no. 1, Spring 2012, 75-77.
"Civic Art in an Age of Cultural Relativism: The Aesthetic Origins of Kevin Lynch's Image of
the City," Journal of Urban Design, Vol. 16, no. 1, February 2011, 103-125
"From Urban Village to Metropolitan Picturesque: Precincts, Townscape, and the ‘Cellular’
Planning of World War II London," Conference Proceedings of the European
Architectural History Network, First Meeting, Guimarães, Portugal, June, 2010, 25-31
Book review: “Thomas H. Keels. Forgotten Philadelphia: Lost Architecture of the Quaker City.”
in Pennsylvania History, v. 76 no. 1, Spring 2009
Book review: “Driving Spaces by Peter Merriman.” in Journal of British Studies,October 2008, pp. 995-97
“Reimagining Civic Art in the Postwar Boom: Christopher Tunnard, Kevin Lynch and the
Aesthetic Genesis of ‘Imageability,’” Public versus Private Planning: Themes Trends
and Tensions, Proceedings of the International Planning History Association, 13th Biennial
Conference, July 10-13 2008, pp. 407-420
Editorial Introduction: “Embodying Urban Design,” in Embodied Utopias, Bingaman, Sanders
and Zorach eds., Routledge, New York, 2002
Book review: “Architecture and Modernity. Hilde Heynen.” in Modernism/Modernity, v. 7 no. 3,
September 2000, 522-24
“Mirrors within the Wall: Enlightenment Authority and the Dialectics of Visual Desire in
Ledoux’s Project for the Saline de Chaux,” Chicago Art Journal, 8:1, Spring 1998, pp. 19-21
“Swarm of the Metropolis: Passenger Circulation at Grand Central Terminal and the Ideology of
the Crowd Aesthetic,” Journal of Architectural Education (JAE), 50:1 September, 1996, pp. 2-14
“Decloaking the Camera Obscura: Toward a Free-Space Cinema,” Critical Planning, Spring
Book Manuscript: “Cities for an ‘Open Society’: The Aesthetic Politics of Anglo-American
Urban Design, 1940-1975”
This book proposes to describe a fundamental shift within Anglo-American urban design practices,
from a relatively closed model of a hierarchically ordered, ‘organic’ city to a relatively
indeterminate model of an open-ended, pluralistically constructed city.
“Reviving the City Beautiful in Urban Renewal America: Christopher Tunnard’s Campaign for
‘Grand Design,’” [journal article]
“Ecological Politics, Public Space and the Designer-as-Ethnologist: People’s Park Revisited,” essay
being developed for proposed anthology on radical design and the Counterculture in 1960s Berkeley.
Conference paper: “Matrix of Endless Difference: Kevin Lynch’s ‘Poly-Centered Net’ as
Utopian Urban Form,” 16th Conference on Planning History (SACRPH), Los Angeles, November 2015
Conference paper: “‘Egalitarianism Has No Meaning Here’: Hubert de Cronin Hastings and the
Aesthetic Politics of Townscape,” International Planning History Society (IPHS) Biennial Conference, St. Augustine, July 2014
Conference paper: ““Ecological Politics, Public Space and the Designer-as-Ethnologist:
People’s Park Revisited,” College Art Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Chicago, February 2014
Conference paper: “Inventing the ‘Pluralist City’: Kevin Lynch, Donald Appleyard and the
Semiotics of Cultural Difference,” 15th Conference on Planning History (SACRPH), Toronto, October 2013
Conference paper: “Staging Englishness: Visual Politics and the South Bank Exhibition,”
Style’ Architecture,” Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Buffalo, NY, April 2013
Conference paper: “Baroque Spaces / Modern Subjects:A. E. Brinckmann and the ‘Organic’
City of 1920s Germany,” Savannah Symposium: Modernities across Space and Time,
Savannah, GA, February 2013
Conference paper: “Ending the Hegemony of ‘Space’: Steen Eiler Rasmussen and the
Relativization of Baroque Aesthetics,” European Architectural History Network (EAHN)
Conference, Brussels, Belgium, May 2012
Conference paper: “Spectacle of the Hyper-Real: Environmental Simulation, Cybernetic
Subjects, and Urban Design,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Annual
Conference, Boston, MA, March 2012
Conference paper: “Simulating Spatial Experience in the People’s Berkeley:
Style’ The Urban Design Experiments of Donald Appleyard and Kenneth Craik,” College Art
Association (CAA) Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 2012
Conference paper: “Mental Maps and Social Divides: Cybernetics, Sociology and Urban
Design at MIT and Berkeley, 1951-72,” Society of Architectural Historians Annual
Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2011
Conference paper: “From Urban Village to Metropolitan Picturesque”:
Precincts, Townscape, and the ‘Cellular’ Planning of World War II London,” European
Architectural History Network (EAHN) Conference, Guimarães, Portugal, June 2010
Conference paper: “Invented Dialects: José Luis Sert and the Latinization of ‘International
Style’ Architecture,” College Art Association (CAA) Conference, Chicago, February 2010
Panel Chair: “Ecoart: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Sustainable Design,” Special Session of the
Northern California Art Historians, College Art Association (CAA) Conference, Chicago,
Conference paper: “Popularizing Architectural Aesthetics: The Idea of ‘Experience’ in the Work of Steen Eiler
Rasmussen,” PCA/ACA Conference (Popular Culture), New Orleans, April 2009
Conference paper: Conference paper: “Reimagining Civic Art in the Postwar Boom: Christopher Tunnard, Kevin
Lynch and the Aesthetic Genesis of ‘Imageability,’” International Planning History
Association Conference, Chicago, July 2008.
Conference paper: “Inventing the Modern Agora: Urban Design, Social Transparency and
Representation of ‘Public Space’ in the Post-World War II City,” College Art Association
Conference, Boston, February 2006.
Conference paper: “Dreaming the Renaissance City in the Era of Urban Renewal: Kevin Lynch’s
Florence and the Invention of Imageability,” Urban History Association Conference, Milwaukee,
Wisconsin: October 2004.
Colloquium paper: “Inventing Architectural Subjects: Functionalism, Imageabilty and the
Rhetoric of Experience in American Urbanism of the 1960’s,” Buell Dissertation Colloquium,
Columbia University, New York: May 2001.
Conference paper: “Physiognomy of a German Capital: Domenico Quaglio’s Münchner
Ansichten and the Aesthetic Resistance to Neo-Classical Urbanism,” Mid-West Germanic
Studies Conference: May 1996.
Colloquium paper: “Architectural Dream Time: Excavations in the Writings of Emil Kaufmann,”
Graduate Student Colloquium, Department of Art History, University of Chicago: April 1996.
2002-2004, Historical Consultant for the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois:
Researched and wrote “National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form for the Farnsworth
Assisted in organizing Embodied Utopias conference a the University of Chicago: 1998-99.
Editor on the staff of the Chicago Art Journal: 1996-97
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