DISCUSSIONS in Architectural History and Theory

Old St. Louis Waterfront. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The faculty of the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design present the tenth year of DISCUSSIONS in Architectural History and Theory. Coordinated by Eric Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, and Igor Marjanović, the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor of Architecture, this series is aimed at provoking advanced conversations on research in architectural history and theory.

This year’s series will feature panel discussions that include several past DISCUSSIONS series lecturers. All events will be hosted online via Zoom, and are free and open to the public.

March 10, 2021

Architectural History as a Global Discipline
11:30a Central via Zoom
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What does it mean for a historian to be global? What are the blind spots in achieving a truly global architectural history? What are the main lessons of global architectural histories that have been written in the last twenty years? What will be the impact of the current pandemic and social unrests on the notion of "global"?

Zeynep Çelik Alexander, Columbia University
Kathleen James-Chakraborty, University College Dublin
Mark Jarzombek, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tao Zhu, University of Hong Kong

February 10, 2021

Architectural History and Conservation
11:30a Central via Zoom

Whose memory is being preserved and why? What are the main forces of historic conservation today? What's the next big historic preservation battle?

Fallon Aidoo, University of New Orleans
Daniel M. Abramson, Boston University
Maristella Casciato, Getty Research Institute
Michelangelo Sabatino, Illinois Institute of Technology

October 28, 2020

Architectural History and Diversity
11:30a Central via Zoom

How can the field of architectural history become more diverse? What is the role of historical knowledge in expanding the diversity of architectural education and practice more broadly? What is the difference in approach to diversity in the American context vs. globally?

Luis Esteban Carranza, Roger Williams University
Mario Gooden, Columbia University
Mary McLeod, Columbia University
Patricia Morton, University of California Riverside

September 30, 2020

Architectural History and Academia
12p Central via Zoom

What are the challenges and opportunities for architectural history today? What is the role of historical knowledge today? What is the future of advanced research degrees such as MPhil/PhD degrees? How does architectural history best fit into a research university and/or professional school?

Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University
Beatriz Colomina, Princeton University
Arindam Dutta, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Joan Ockman, University of Pennsylvania