The faculty profiles listed below provide more specific information on the educational background and areas of research interest of the core faculty of the MS in Architecture stream in History and Theory. Generally speaking, the core faculty in the program demonstrate a combination of a broad geographic reach, a wide array of interests and a relatively focused time frame. This allows the program to support an impressive range of research projects. For more information on current and past student research can be found in the Student Profiles. More detailed information on faculty research can be found in the individual profiles, which can be accessed through the following link.

 


Alex Anderson
Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania 

Alex’s research focuses on the design of houses and interiors in the context of larger forces shaping modernism in Europe and the United States. These forces include the evolution of manufacturing processes for domestic equipment, construction assemblies, and housing units; societal views towards housing types, particularly single-family houses; legal issues impacting implementation of house-building schemes; and changing attitudes toward ornament.

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Ann Marie Borys
Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania 

Ann Marie’s past research has concentrated on Renaissance treatises, Renaissance architects of the 16th century and their works, and the cultural conditions of the late Renaissance, with particular attention to the work of the last Italian Renaissance architect, Vincenzo Scamozzi. Her current work explores the buildings of a particular religious tradition in America—specifically, the ways in which Unitarian ideologies are expressed by their churches across the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Meredith Clausen
Ph.D. in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley  

Meredith’s recent and current scholarship has focused on Bernard Tschumi’s theory and work, historiography of Le Corbusier especially as it relates to his early work, and revisionist perspectives of American postmodernism. Research interests include ecological architecture in history, contemporary architects, and Paris especially in the 20th century and beyond.

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Jennifer Dee
Master of Architecture, University of Washington

Jennifer’s interests center on modern and contemporary architectural theory, founded in a broad understanding of architectural culture. Themes and subjects that she has explored include: the writings of John Ruskin, phenomenology and architecture, film and photographic theory, and architecture and food.

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Nicole Huber
Dr.Des. in Theory of Architecture, Bauhaus University, Weimar

Nicole has concentrated on the interrelationships between architecture, representation, and socialization (in its forms of urbanization, nationalization, and globalization). The topics that she has explored include German conceptions of national identity and design education, and urbanization in the post-WWII American West, with a particular focus on Las Vegas, NV.

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Ann Huppert
Ph.D. in Architectural History, University of Pennsylvania

Ann’s research and publications deal with issues of cultural and professional development in early modern Italy, especially the intersections of science and architecture, Renaissance exploration of antiquity, representational techniques and their connection to knowledge formation, and the emergence of architecture as a profession.

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Louisa Iarocci
Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture, Boston University

Louisa has focused her research on the history of commercial and visual culture from the mid nineteenth to early 20th centuries. She is currently continuing her effort to analyze utilitarian building types as built and socially constructed works in a study of the intersections of architecture, industry and culture in the 20th century American city.

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Brian L. McLaren

Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Brian’s scholarship is influenced by an ongoing interest in Marxist and contemporary critical theory as well as postcolonial studies. The broad focus of his concerns have been on the relationship between architecture and politics, with particular attention to the tensions that linked modernism and regional expression in Italy and its North African colonies. His current research is studying the relationship between modern architecture and race during the late Fascist period.

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Kathryn Merlino
Master of Architectural History, University of Virginia

In her research, Kathryn argues that the reuse of existing buildings – both everyday ‘non- historic’ and ‘historic’ – is a critical part of our sustainable future. Informing her work are two current research projects that study how building reuse and historic preservation can be sustainable both at the building scale—where it can respond to issues of building performance—and neighborhood scale—where it can contribute to more vibrant city neighborhoods.

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Bob Mugerauer
Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Texas 

Bob’s research and writing activities seek to apply continental theory (especially phenomenology and hermeneutics) and complexity theory to all areas of the built environment. He also utilizes qualitative research methods such as open-ended interviews to explore the experience of place, of bio-cultural regional identity.  In addition, his research applies complexity theory and self-organization theory to areas of sustainability and urban ecology.

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Jeffrey Karl Ochsner
Master of Architecture, Rice University

Jeffrey has covered topics in nineteenth and twentieth century American architecture, with a particular focus on the architecture of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest as well as architecture and design in Seattle. His current research is studying the development of Pacific Northwest regional interpretations of modernism from the 1930s to the 1970s. His scholarship has also addressed monuments and memorials and architectural education through the lens of psychoanalysis.

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Ken Tadashi Oshima
Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory, Columbia University 

Ken’s research emphasizes international/transnational architecture and design, with a focus on Japan within a globalizing culture in the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Drawing from his background spanning three continents and experience in architectural design and history defined within the domains of the arts and engineering, he seeks to locate global architectural trajectories within the local context of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest cultural landscape.

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Vikram Prakash
Ph.D. in Architecture, Cornell University 

Vikram’s work contributes to the larger project of undoing traditional Enlightenment based Eurocentrism in contemporary architectural history and theory. In so doing, his research embraces multiple fields of inquiry. These include colonial and postcolonial history and theory—exploring narratives of modernity and modernization—global history—reconfiguring histories of the West and so-called non-West—and contemporary urbanization and globalization in the 21st century—focusing on de-ruralization.

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Tyler Sprague
Ph.D. in the Built Environment, University of Washington

Tyler’s research investigates the intersection of architecture and structural engineering, embracing the material and technical presence of buildings and structures.  This focus leads to several areas of exploration including the emergence of structural forms as a sources of creativity in post-war Modernism, and the continued need for cooperation between architects and structural engineers.

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David Strauss
Ph.D. in Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

David has a broad interest in the area of architectural history and theory with a particular focus on the movement of political action from public space to private space during the Italian Renaissance. A key case study for this investigation is the project for the Piazza Nuova in Ferrara.

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