Associate Professor and Chair
- College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
- History of Art
In the last two years, I have focused on research into American popular culture, taste and architecture during the 1960s. I have a contract with Blackwell Press for an edited volume, Pop Culture and Postwar American Taste, 1960-1975. The basic premise of this anthology is that the postwar critique of modernism was matched with a critique of taste that used popular culture to undermine both traditional taste hierarchies and modernist dogma. The strategic employment of kitsch, bad taste and popular culture informed disparate approaches to the critique of modernism and good taste, in work by Venturi/Scott Brown, Reyner Banham, Tom Wolfe, Andy Warhol, Charles Moore, Susan Sontag, and others.
Barnard College-New York
- Ph.D. Architectural History & Theory 1994
- Princeton University
- M. Arch. Architecture 1983
- Columbia University
- B.A. Architecture 1978
- Yale University
Fellow and convener, Race, Moment, Milieu: Memory and History in Visual Culture research group, Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside, Spring 2002.
National Endowment for the Arts (with the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design), Project Director, “Redressing the Mall: Eagle Rock Plaza Competition,” a public competition to redesign the Eagle Rock Plaza Mall, 2001-2002.
Resident Fellow, Race, Moment, Milieu: Memory and History in Visual Culture research group, Center for Ideas and Society, UC Riverside, Spring 2002.
Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, Lecturing/Research Award, Department of the History of Science and Ideas, University of Umeå, Sweden, January-May 1999.
UC Affirmative Action Faculty Development Award, Spring Quarter 1996.
Resident Fellowship in the “French Cultural History and Theory in a Global Frame” research group, UC Humanities Research Institute at UC Irvine, Winter Quarter 1996.
Predoctoral Fellowship, Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1992-1993.
Graham Foundation grant for “Addressing Homelessness,” 1991-1992.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for “Addressing Homelessness,” an interdisciplinary seminar and colloquium, Princeton University, 1991-1992.
Butler, Cramer, and Hacin research awards, School of Architecture, Princeton University(for doctoral research in France), 1990-1991.
Dean’s Fund award for travel to the German Studies Conference to give a paper, October 1989.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for “Addressing Homelessness,” an
interdisciplinary seminar and colloquium, Princeton University, 1988-1990.
Fellowship for tuition and stipend, Princeton University, 1987-1990 and 1991-1992 “Learn German in Germany” Scholarship from Deutscher Akademisscher Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service) for study at the Goethe Institute, Berlin, Summer 1988.
European and American Architectural History 1880-1980; Japanese domestic architecture; Architectural, urban, and Post-colonial theory.
Hybrid Modernities: Architecture and Representation at the 1931 Colonial Exposition, Paris, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 2000; TRANSLATION into Japanese. (Tokyo: Brücke, 2002).
Wrapper or 40 possible city surfaces for the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Mary-Ann Ray and Robert Mangurian, edited by Patricia A. Morton; San Francisco, William Stout Publishers and Houston, Rice School of Architecture, 1999.
ARTICLES IN TECHNICAL JOURNALS:
"Pragmatism and Provinciality: Italian Criticism of the American Plan," Precis IV, 1983, Co-editor, Precis IV, Journal of the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, 1983.
"The New College at the University of Virginia by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien," Casabella, March, 1994, Vol. LVIII, No. 610, pp. 58-67 (in Italian), p. 71 (English digest).
"Getting the 'Master' Out of the Master Plan," Casabella, November 1994, Vol. 617, (in Italian).
"Arata Isozaki: A Report on the 'Postmodern Condition,'" Casabella, December 1994, Vol. 618, pp. 20-25 (in Italian) and pp. 68-69 (English digest).
"Compare and Contrast: Mark Robbins' Borrowed Landscape," Oz, Journal of the College of Architecture and Design, Kansas State University, 1995, Vol. 17.
"The Apprehension of the City: Flânerie on the Margins of the City," in SURFACE Journal of the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, Burgess Publishing, Inc., 1996, Vol. 1.
"National and Colonial: The Musée des Colonies at the Colonial Exposition, Paris, 1931" in Art Bulletin , June 1998.
"Indochina at the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris," in Dialogue: An International Forum for Architectural Design and Culture, May 1997.
"A Study in Hybridity: The Madagascar and Morocco Pavilions at the 1931 Colonial Exposition," in Journal of Architectural Education, November 1998.
"The Social and the Poetic: Feminist Practices in Architecture, 1970-1999," in MAMA (Magasin för Modern arkitektur), Arkitektmagasinet AB, Stockholm, Sweden, 2000, No. 26.
INVITED CHAPTERS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO BOOKS:
"The Building That Looks Back," in Mark Robbins, Angles of Incidence (monograph), Princeton Architectural Press, 1992.
“Notes on the Inside and Outside of Architecture” in From the Center: Design Process @ SCI-Arc, Margaret Reeve and Michael Rotondi, eds., Monacelli Press, New York, 1998.
"A Visit to WomEnhouse," in Architecture of the Everyday, Deborah Berke and Steven Harris, eds., Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 1997.
"The 'Death' of the Architect," in 1100 Architect: Work in Progress, Monacelli Press, New York, 1997.
“The Two Halves of the Orange,” in Fabrications, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1998.
“On the Face of It,” introduction to Wrapper or 40 possible city surfaces for the Museum of Jurassic Technology, Mary-Ann Ray and Robert Mangurian, edited by Patricia A. Morton; San Francisco, William Stout Publishers and Houston, Rice School of Architecture, 1999.