Joan Ockman,

PhD External 2nd Supervisor, PhD, AA Graduate School

Professional qualifications

Fellow SAH

Research Interest

Modern and contemporary architectural history and theory


Joan Ockman is Distinguished Senior Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Visiting Professor at Cooper Union School of Architecture and Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She taught for over two decades at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she also directed the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture from 1994 to 2008. Among her publications on the history, theory, and criticism of architecture are Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (MIT Press, 2012), The Pragmatist Imagination: Thinking about Things in the Making (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), and the award-winning Architecture Culture 1943–1968: A Documentary Anthology (Rizzoli, 1993). She began her career at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, where she served as an editor of the journal Oppositions and was responsible for the Oppositions Books series. She is currently collaborating on a new history of modern architecture to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2019. She was named a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2017.


2012, Joan Ockman, editor, Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America, MIT Press
the first comprehensive history of North American architecture education

1993, Joan Ockman, editor, Architecture Culture 1943-1968: A Documentary Anthology, Rizzoli
a seminal anthology of texts and documents related to the quarter century after World War II

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