Robert Cowherd, PhD, is Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, USA. His research and publication focuses on the history and theory of architecture and urbanism in Southeast Asia and Latin America. He is a member of the Board of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative. In 2015, he was Visiting Associate Professor of History, Theory and Criticism at MIT teaching A Global History of Architecture, and 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar pursuing research on the role of design in recent social transformations in Medellín, Colombia.
I am a PhD student at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, working on the history of the built environment of the Nile valley under the British Empire. Prior to moving to Edinburgh, I studied for a BA in Ancient History and History and an MA in Urban History, both at the University of Leicester. I also have an active interest in educational practices and learning technologies, and worked as an intern in the Technology Enhanced Learning team at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, in the summer of 2016. I am chair of Pubs and Publications, a blog about PhD life. My current research combines environmental, architectural and urban histories to produce a new understanding of British imperial power in the Nile valley in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This can open up new readings of the histories of empire and modernity.
German is a PhD Candidate at the Stuart Weitzman school of Design interested in the history of modern architecture in Latin America and the United States with a focus on cultural relations, borders and politics. His work is interdisciplinary, drawing on fields such as Border and Chicano Studies, Environmental History, and Urbanism, and explores Post-colonial and De-colonial concepts that refine understandings of territories, nations, and migration as they relate to architectural and urban conditions. German has taught History & Theory courses in Mexico and the U.S.
Kathryn O’Rourke is a historian of modern architecture whose interests include many subjects in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. She is the author of Modern Architecture in Mexico City: History, Representation, and the Shaping of a Capital (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2016), which received the Alice Davis Hitchcock Award, and the editor of O’Neil Ford on Architecture (University of Texas Press, 2019). She is currently at work on a book manuscript, Archaism and Humanism in Modern Architecture. At Trinity University, O’Rourke directs the minor in Architectural Studies, and teaches courses on the art and architecture of Latin America and on modern architecture. She also teaches in the Urban Studies program and is affiliated with Trinity’s Mexico-Americas-Spain (MAS) Program. From 2016 to 2020 Professor O’Rourke served as secretary of the Society of Architectural Historians. She served for six years on the State Board of Review of the Texas Historical Commission, four of them as vice-chair. She sits on the Visiting Committee on Latin American Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, and is a founder and the president of Design|Forum, a San Antonio non-profit.
My areas of interest center on the place of the historical within contemporary built environments. I aim to gain a better understanding of how surviving traces of the past are preserved, interpreted, experienced and exploited today, and how they contribute to urban life while inspiring urban identities. A solid understanding of the past is thus required. My specialties include architecture and planning of the modern era, built environments of European colonialism, heritage management, and North Africa.
I am an architectural historian and a historic preservationist specializing in the western Mediterranean and Portuguese-speaking world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. My research explores the interfaces between traditional and modern construction as well as between the ‘learned’ architecture of classicism and vernacular typologies. I am currently associate professor at the University of Brasilia School of Architecture and Urbanism and a visiting scholar affiliated with the TechNetEmpire research project at the NOVA University, Lisbon. I am a member of the Documentation committee of Icomos Brazil.
Kathryn (Kate) Holliday is an architectural historian whose research and teaching focus on the built environment in American cities. She studied architecture, art history, and environmental studies at Williams College and the University of Texas at Austin and she brings this interdisciplinary approach to the classroom and to her writing. Her most recent project is The Open-Ended City: David Dillon on Texas Architecture, a collection of essays by the late architecture critic that delves into issues of downtown redevelopment, urban sprawl, planning, and historic preservation in Texas cities in the age of postmodernism (University of Texas Press, 2019). Her two prior books are Leopold Eidlitz: Architecture and Idealism in the Gilded Age (W. W. Norton, 2008, winner of annual book awards from the Victorian Society’s New York chapter and SESAH, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians) and Ralph Walker: Architect of the Century (Rizzoli, 2012). Both monographs reposition little-known New York architects who reshaped the profession and argue that the narrow canon of architectural modernism has limited our ability to understand the complex dynamics of practice. She has also contributed chapters to books on O’Neil Ford (forthcoming from Wasmuth Fall 2020) and Howard Barnstone (University of Texas Press, 2020) which reinterpret ideas about modernism in Texas. Her scholarly essays and articles on the history of architecture education, the AIA, and urban history have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of Urban History, Journal of Urban Design, Studies in the Decorative Arts, the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, and the Dictionnaire des Creatrices. She has also lectured widely on her work in public venues like the 92nd Street Y and the Skyscraper Museum in New York, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, as well as at universities and academic conferences from Havana to Singapore. She is currently at work on several projects, including Telephone City, a history of telephone buildings since the invention of commercial telephone service in 1876. She contributed a thematic essay to the SAH Archipedia based on that research titled “Building a National Network: Telephone Buildings in the United States” and her work is featured in the short film “Urban Giants: The Telecom Palaces of Ralph Walker.” She is also working longer term to assess the history of urban and suburban development in Dallas-Fort Worth in the 1960s and 1970s, looking especially at the effects of civic fragmentation on the design of democratic space in the Metroplex. As founding director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, she established the annual Dillon Symposium, which brings together scholars and experts from across disciplines to discuss issues related to architecture and urbanism in north Texas. Topics have included the history and future of Freedman’s Towns in Dallas-Fort Worth, African American architects in Dallas, and changing conceptions of regionalism in Texas. The Center’s growing Oral History of Texas Architecture Project serves as a repository for the memory of the design profession in the region and is growing to include neighborhood histories gathered by students and residents. The Dillon Center works as a partner on research and public programming with non-profits in the region including bcWorkshop, ADEX (formerly the Dallas Center for Architecture), Preservation Dallas, Historic Fort Worth, AIA Dallas, and AIA Fort Worth. Dr. Holliday also serves on the editorial board for Columns Magazine, the AIA Dallas quarterly publication and has contributed frequently to its pages. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Historic Fort Worth, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the value of historic preservation, and chairs its education committee. In the past, she served on the State Board of Review for the Texas Historical Commission’s National Register programs between 2009 and 2015 was also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education. Her work has been supported by grants from the the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the National Park Service Civil Rights Grant program, the Hagley Library, Nasher Foundation, the McDermott Foundation, and the Rose Family Foundation.
Marta Gutman, president-elect of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, teaches architectural and urban history at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she is appointed to the doctoral faculties in Art History and Earth and Environmental Sciences, and was a 2018 Distinguished Research Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative. Professor Gutman’s research focuses on public architecture for city children. Times Higher Ed named her monograph, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014), a book of the year, calling it “a monumental achievement.” Her new book project, Just Space: Modern Architecture, Public Education, and Racial Inequality in Postwar Urban America, is in contract with the University of Texas Press. Professor Gutman, a founding editor of the digital forum, Platform, has been honored with the 2017 Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, the 2015 Kenneth Jackson Award from the Urban History Association, and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Danish Humanities Council, and other organizations.
Lisandra Franco de Mendonça is a licensed architect and heritage conservation researcher based in Berlin. She was educated at Porto University and at Sapienza University of Rome. She received her double PhD from Coimbra University/Sapienza University of Rome (dual programme — Architecture and Urbanism, and Restoration of Architecture) in 2016, with a dissertation on the conservation of modern architecture and urban ambience in Maputo (Mozambique). Her research field is the history of 20th century built production under dictatorial and colonial regimes in Europe and Africa. Within this field, she develops an interrogative view oriented towards the conservation of modern ensembles, focusing especially on patrimonial transferences, translocal spatial production and relations between European and African parallel modernities. She has been a visiting scholar at Faculdade de Arquitetura e Planeamento Físico at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Technische Universität Berlin. She did her professional internship at Souto Moura Arquitetos in Porto and is a licensed architect since 1998, maintaining a professional practice since then.
Joanna Merwood-Salisbury is an architectural historian specializing in nineteenth and early-twentieth-century architecture and urban design in the United States, with a special interest in issues of race and labour. She also has an interest in the history and theory of interior design. Joanna’s work integrates architectural and urban history with political and cultural history. She received her PhD from Princeton University and her M.Arch from McGill University. She is a former Book Review Editor (Americas) for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and member of the editorial board of AA Files. Joanna has authored books on early Chicago skyscrapers, the history of public space in the United States, and is an editor of an anthology about interior design theory. Joanna’s work has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Graham Foundation and the J. M. Kaplan Fund.