PETER H. CHRISTENSEN

CV

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EDUCATION

Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA, Ph.D., 2014, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.

Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Kunst- und Bildgeschichte, Berlin, 2011-12.

Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, M.DesS. with distinction, 2009, History and Theory of Architecture.

Cornell University, B.Arch, 2005. Concentration in History of Architecture and Urbanism.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

July 2014-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of Rochester.

December 2012-June 2014: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Architekturgesichte und kuratorische Praxis (Research Associate / Assistant Professor, Chair for architectural history and curatorial practice).

August 2010-December 2012: Instructor in architectural history, Boston Architectural College.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

19th and 20th century architectural history, history and aesthetics of infrastructure and industry, historicism, cartography and architecture, critical digital humanities.

PUBLISHED WORK

Book

Peter Christensen, Germany and the Ottoman Railway Network: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure (New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming 2017).

Edited volume (refereed)

Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Hazel Hahn, Ken Oshima, Peter Christensen (eds.), Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History (Hong Kong and Honolulu: Hong Kong University Press and University of Hawaii Press, December 2013). Reviewed in: Architecture Beyond Europe, Choice, Asian Affairs, Imago Mundi, Pacific Affairs. CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2014.

Edited volumes

Mohsen Mostafavi, Peter Christensen (eds.), Instigations: Engaging Architecture, Landscape and the City (Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2012).Reviewed in: Archidose.

Barry Bergdoll, Peter Christensen (eds.), Home Delivery: Fabricating The Modern Dwelling (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2008). Winner of the SAH Philip Johnson Book Award. Reviewed in: Journal of Architectural Education, Construction History, Design Issues, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, New York Review of Books, Washington Post.

Guest editorship (of refereed journal)

A. Joan Saab, Peter Christensen (eds.), Journal of Visual Culture. Special Issue on Learning From Las Vegas. (commitment from publisher, forthcoming 2017 or 2018).

Peter Christensen (ed.), International Journal of Islamic Architecture Vol. 4 No. 2.

Chapter in volume (refereed)

“The Eurasian Hour: Ratzel, Mackinder and the Architecture of Geopolitical Identity” in Vimalin Rujivacharakul, Hazel Hahn, Ken Oshima, Peter Christensen (eds.), Architecturalized Asia: Mapping a Continent through History (Hong Kong and Honolulu: Hong Kong University Press and University of Hawaii Press, December 2013), 101-19.

Chapter in volume

“Between Resource and Asset: Conceptual Problems in the Collection of Architects’ Archives” in Andres Lepik (ed.) Show and Tell (Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2014), 216-27.

“Now Boarding: The History of a Building Typology” in Donald Albrecht (ed.), Now Boarding: Fentress and the Architecture of Flight (New York: Scala, 2012), 8-25.

Articles (refereed)

“Theodor Rocholl and the Time of a Reluctant Cosmopolitan” (currently under review at Nineteenth Century Art Worldwide).

“Wilhelm von Pressel’s Railway Studies of the Ottoman Empire and the Cartographic Formation of the German Near East” (in preparation for Imago Mundi).

“The Construction of the Suez Canal: A Geopolitical Image,” Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the European Architectural History Network (forthcoming Fall 2015).

“Expertise and the Economies of Knowledge of Architectural Practice in the Islamic World since 1800,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture Vol. 4 No. 2 (July 2015), 243-53.

“The ‘Inventive Jump’: Curiosity, Culture and Islamicate Form in the Works of Peter and Alison Smithson,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture Vol. 3 No. 1 (January 2014), 43-68.

“‘As if she were Jerusalem’: Placemaking in Sephardic Salonica” in Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Culture of the Islamic World Vol. 30 (2014), 141-70.

“The Mediterranean as Expansionist Theater: The Case of Atlantropa,” in Antonio Petrov (ed.) New Geographies Vol. 5 (2013), 165-78.

“Dam Nation: Imaging and Imagining the ‘Middle East’ in Herman Sörgel’s Atlantropa,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture Vol. 1, No. 2 (2012), 325-46.

Reviews and précis (commissioned and refereed)

“Architecture, Expertise, and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railway Network, 1868-1919, Architecture Beyond Europe (online, July 2015).

“Colossal: Engineering Modernity – Suez Canal, Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, and Panama Canal by Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 74 No. 2 (March 2015).

“A Short History of the High Rise,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 73 No. 3 (September 2014), 446-7.

“Heritage and Sustainability in the Islamic Built Environment,” Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran, and Turkey (online, Fall 2013).

“Baghdad: City of Mirages,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 72 No. 3 (September 2013), 399-401.

“Ernst May: Neue Städte auf drei Kontinenten,” Newsletter of the European Architectural History Network Vol. 1, No. 12 (2012), 62-68.

“‘Middle Eastern’ Architecture in Context conference precis from the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture Vol. 1 No. 1 (2012), 177-82 (with Mrinalini Rajagopalan).

“Nordic in New York,” Nordic Architecture Journal Vol. 1 No. 1 (2011), 115-16.

Encyclopedia entries

Multiple entries in Andreas Beyer, Bénédicte Savoy, Wolf Tegethoff (eds.), Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2015-forthcoming). “Morris Lapidus,” “Maya Lin,” “Kevin Lynch,” “Cliff May,” “Ralph Bernard Maybeck,” “Charles Follen McKim,” “Irving Foster Morrow,” "Eric Owen Moss," “Barton Myers,” “James Nagle,” “Paul Daniel Nelson,” “Wallace Neff,” “Walter Andrew Netsch,” “Vladimir Ossipoff.”

Multiple entries in “Clive Edwards (ed.), Encyclopedia of Design (London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2015). “Architectural toys,” “Prefabrication.”

Catalogue entries

Multiple entries in: Andres Lepik (ed.), Afritecture (Berlin: Hatje Cantz, 2013). “Ahmed Baba Institute” (p. 28); “Habitat Research and Development Center” (p. 42).

Multiple entries in: The Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Highlights (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2007). “Klaus Staeck” (p. 21); “Alberto Meda” (p. 61); “Herzog & de Meuron” (p. 76); “Diller + Scofidio” (p. 79), “Tadanori Yokoo” (p. 103); “Foreign Office Architects (FOA)” (p. 196); “Toyo Ito & Associates” (p. 197); “Enric Ruiz-Geli with Acconci Studio and Ruy Otake” (p. 237).

Multiple entries in: Terence Riley, On-Site: New Architecture in Spain (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2006).“Museum of Cantabria” (p. 42); “Edificio Zaida” (p. 54); “Manresa City Hall Façade” (p. 66); “Museum of Andalucía” (p. 76); “Torrevieja Relaxation Park” (p. 88); “La Coruña Arts Center” (p. 100); “Hotel Habitat” (p. 104); “Madrid Tennis Center” (p. 116); “Hotel at Marqués de Riscal Winery” (p. 122); “Santa Cruz de Tenerife Athletics Stadium” (p. 134); “Valencia Sharing Tower” (p. 150); “La Ciudad del Flamenco” (p. 162); “University of Vigo New Campus” (p. 216); “Casa Rural” (p. 228); “Ávila Congress and Exhibition Center” (p. 234); “Badajoz Congress Center” (p. 246).

Other writing

“Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge’s Wall+Paper,” AfterImage Vol. 43, Nos. 1 & 2, 12-19 (interview with Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge and Joshua Dubler).

“Dispatches: Present-ing a School’s History in Objects,” Harvard Design Magazine Vol. 35 (2012), 170-76.

“Design Meteorology;” in Olympia Kazi and Jeff Byles (eds.), The New York 2030 Notebook (New York: Institute of Urban Design, 2008), 49.

Digital Scholarship

Director of the “Architectural Biometrics” project, 2015-present, http://architecturalbiometrics.com. Project is currently under review for two NEH grants.

Director of the website for “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, The Museum of Modern Art, 2008, http://www.momahomedelivery.org.

Journalism

“Equipos Canarios,” BASA, Volume 29 (June 2006).

“A Thousand Points of Light,” The Architect’s Newspaper (May 24, 2006).

Interviews

with Alexander Kluge for German public television, “Unterwegs nach Ninive,” August 24, 2015 (in German).

FELLOWSHIPS, GRANTS AND HONORS

External

2016 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award ($6,000).

2016 Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin / Forum Transregionale Studien, "Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices" Fellowship ($27,000).

2015 Mellon Humanities Corridor Working Group Grant (with Cornell University).

2014-16 Mellon Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative grantee (Co-Participants: Itohan Osayimwese, Mrinalini Rajagopalan, Shundana Yusaf; $20,000).

2014-16 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology (declined; $120,000).

2013 Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Oleg Grabar Travel Fellowship.

2011-12 Fulbright Scholarship (Germany, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin; $20,000).

2011-12 Fulbright Research Subvention (for reproduction of large format archival materials).

2011-12 PROGRAM: Collaborations for Art and Architecture Gallery Berlin, Artist/Scholar
Residency.

2011 Fulbright Language Enhancement Award (Germany, Phillips Universität Marburg).

2011 Historians of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Travel Fellowship.

2010 Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award, Society of Architectural Historians (Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling with Barry Bergdoll).

2010 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Language Study Grant (Goethe Institut Hamburg).

2010 Spiro Kostof Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians.

2009 Association of American University Presses Annual Award (2009) (Best Illustrated Trade
Book; Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling).

Internal

2016 University of Rochester Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship ($48,000).

2015 University Research Award, Project Leader, University of Rochester ($50,000).

2015 Researcher Mobility Award, University of Rochester ($5,000).

2015 Mellon Humanities Corridor Working Group Award

2014 Harvard University Graduate School of Design, conference travel award.

2013 Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, conference travel award.

2013 Harvard University Graduate School of Design, conference travel award.

2013 Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Department of the History of Art and
Architecture, Harvard University, Damon Diley Fund research grant.

2012 Jens Aubry Westengard Fellowship, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

2012 Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University, Damon Diley Fund research grant.

2011 Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Summer Pre-dissertation Research Grant.

2011 Harvard University Graduate Student Council summer research award.

2011 Harvard University Graduate Student Council conference travel award.

2011 Harvard University Graduate School of Design conference travel award.

2010 Harvard University Graduate School of Design conference travel award.

2009 Cornell University Leopold Eidlitz Travel Fellowship.

2007 International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Travel Grant.

2007 The Museum of Modern Art Lee Tenenbaum Award (awarded biannually to exceptional staff).

SELECTED LECTURES, JURIES, CONFERENCES, COMMITTEES & SYMPOSIA

As convener

“Open Session,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Pasadena, March 2016.

“The Invaluable Indigene: Expertise in the Local Imperial and Colonial Contexts,” with Igor Demchenko, panel, 67th Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, April 2015.

“Cambridge Talks VI: Over, Under, On: Architecture and the Earth,” with Marrikka Trotter, symposium, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, April 20, 2012.

“200+ Years of German-Turkish Material Exchange,” roundtable, PROGRAM Berlin, January 16, 2012.

“Architecturalized Asia,” with Hazel Hahn, Vimalin Rujivacharakul and Ken Oshima, symposium, Seattle University, May 14, 2011.

“Harvard International History Conference: Mobilities, Flows and Networks in Global History,” with Heidi Tworek, Matthew Kustenbauder, Eva Bitran, Asher Orkaby and Steffen Rimner, Harvard University, Center for European Studies, March 10-11, 2011.

“Making Places: Women in Modernism Symposium,” with Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, The Museum of Modern Art, October 25, 2007.

As presenter (in refereed conferences and panels)

“Fluid Tributes: The German Fountain of Istanbul,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, March 2016.

“Topographic Regimes, Visual Persuasion, and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railways Network,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., February 2016.

“The Construction of the Suez Canal: A Geopolitical Image,” European Architectural History Network Conference, Belgrade, Serbia, October 15, 2015.

“The Suez Canal and Its Global Image,” American Historical Association, New York, January 3, 2015.

“Orientalist Endeavors in the Late Ottoman Empire and The Disassembling of Hellenist Paradigms in Architectural History,” Asian Studies Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, March 29, 2014.

“Reflections on Field Work in ‘Unstable Fields’,” College Art Association Annual Meeting (special session convened by AMCA), Chicago, February 15, 2014.

“Tracks: Proto-modernisms and the Ottoman Railways, 1868-1919,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, February 12, 2014.

“Architecture and the German Construction of the Ottoman Rail Network, 1868-1919,” Kunsthistorisches Insitut Florenz / Max Planck Institut, Florence, November 21, 2013.

“Islamicate Form and the Architecture of the Ottoman Rail Network,” Deutscher Orientalistentag XXXII, Münster, September 24, 2013.

“Sketch, Spade, Gauge: Archaeology and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railway Network,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Buffalo, April 11, 2013.

“Dam Nation: Herman Sörgel’s Atlantropa and the Mediterranean Geobody,” New Geographies conference, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, March 14, 2013.

“Urban Interventions and the German Construction of the Ottoman Rail Network: A Visual Account, 1868-1898,” Zentrum Moderner Orient, Urban Studies Colloquium, Berlin, February 11, 2013.

“Architecture and German Orientalism.” Ludwigs Maximillians Universität, Munich, February 10, 2013.

“German ‘Expertise’ and the Tracing of the Baghdad and Hejaz Railways: A Visual Account, 1868-1919,” Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies Graduate Workshop, The Middle East Beyond Borders, Cambridge, MA, October 25, 2012.

“‘Eurasian’ vs. ‘Oriental’ Architecture on the Berlin-Baghdad Railway,” German Studies Association Annual Meeting, Louisville, September 23, 2011.

“Dam Nation: Herman Sörgel's Atlantropa and the Geopolitical Imagination,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, New Orleans, April 14, 2011.

“A Mediterranean Circle: Placemaking in Sephardic Salonica,” MIT: Research in Progress, Cambridge, MA, March 5, 2011.

“Schismatics: William Blake's Eighth Circle of Hell,” New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, February 12, 2011.

“Words and Meaning: The Writing of the Old Bridge of Mostar,” UCLA Graduate Student Symposium, Los Angeles, October 23, 2010.

“Ratzel and MacKinder's Eurasia: The Inner Crescent and Architectural Identity,” Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, April 22, 2010.

“Prefabricated Futures,” Northeastern University, Prefabricated Futures Conference, Boston April 3, 2010.

“Open Air in a Geopolitical Age: A Study in Two Parts,” MIT Research in Progress, Cambridge, MA, April 5, 2009.

As moderator

“Home Delivery: The Case of Japan & Scandinavia,” roundtable, The Architectural League, New York, October 20, 2008.

“Home Made: Five Perspectives on Prefabrication,” symposium, The Museum of Modern Art, October 16, 2008.

“Home Delivery: Conversations with Reiser Umemoto, Marble Fairbanks and Contemporary Architecture Practice,” roundtable, Center for Architecture, New York, September 16, 2008.

“Conversations With Contemporary Artists: OBRA,” discussion, The Museum of Modern Art, February 24, 2007.

Invited talks

“Methods of Transmission in Late Ottoman Architecture,” Bard College, February 27, 2015.

“Foreigners, Reform, and Modernization in Late Ottoman Architecture,” Cornell University, February 19, 2015.

“Wall + Paper,” roundtable with Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge and Joshua Dubler, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester NY, January 28, 2015.

“Transmutations: Architecture and the German Construction of the Ottoman Railway Network,” Harvard University, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, forthcoming November 20, 2014.

“Architectural Biometrics,” University of Rochester, Mellon Program in the Digital Humanities, December 7, 2014.

“Ambiguous Transmutation: Deutsche Bank and German Influences in the Turkish First National Movement,” Wheaton College, Department of Art and Art History, March 31, 2014.

Cities, Religion, Capitalism workshop. Haus der Kulturen der Welt / Richard Sennett and Alexander Kluge, April 3-5, 2014.

“German Influence in the First Turkish National Movement,” Wheaton College, Department of Art and Art History, March 31, 2014.

“Re-Building the Modern House at MoMA: The Case of Home Delivery,” IBA Berlin Forum, January 22, 2013.

“Skansen: Nationalism and Geopolitics in the Architectural Exhibition,” Cornell University College of Art, Architecture and Planning, Ithaca, NY, September 20, 2010.

“Seven Projects by Peter and Alison Smithson,” The Museum of Modern Art, New York, April 5 and April 8, 2010.

“Re-Building the Modern House at MoMA: The Case of Home Delivery,” IBA Hamburg Forum, July 22, 2009.

“Signed, Sealed, Delivered," The Museum of Modern Art, New York, September 22, 2008.

“The Spanish Florescence,” Previo Curso Lectures, Cátedra Luis Barragán, Tecnológico de Monterrey, October 13, 2006.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Lectures

University of Rochester

Seminars

University of Rochester

Technische Universitüat München

Boston Architectural College

Seminars (as Co-instructor)

Technische Universität München

Lecture courses (as Teaching Fellow)

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Lecture courses (as assistant)

Technische Universität München

CURATORIAL EXPERIENCE

2012-2013 Harvard University Loeb Library, exhibition curator, “Le Corbusier’s Carpenter Center and the Making of the Modern Campus.”

2011 Harvard University Graduate School of Design, curatorial director of the School’s 75th anniversary exhibition entitled “Dispatches from the GSD: 075 Years of Design,” leading a team of 10 research assistants and 3 production staff.

2008 Harvard University Loeb Library, exhibition curator, “Afterlife: Peter and Alison
Smithson’s Economist Building at Fifty.”

2005-2008 The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Architecture and Design, Curatorial Assistant.

SERVICE TO THE FIELD

2015-present, Editorial Board, InVisible Culture.

2015-present, Assistant Editor, International Journal of Islamic Architecture.

2015, External Reviewer, Journal of Architectural Education.

2015, Nominator, Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

2014, External Reviewer, Architecture Beyond Europe.

2012-14 Co-founder (with Barbara Natalie Nagel), Munich Scholars, an outreach group for scholars in the Munich area.

2006, Juror, “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science,” workshop and exhibition, NY Public Library.

INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE

2015-present, Search Committee, Assistant Professor of Data Science (interdepartmental), University of Rochester.

2015-present, Steering Committee, Digital Media Studies, University of Rochester.

2014-present, Steering Committee, Archaeology, Technology and Historical Structures, University of Rochester.

2014-present, Faculty Advisor, PRIDE, University of Rochester.

2014, Workshop leader for graduate students on the job market, University of Rochester.

2014-15, Search Committee, Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Photography, Department of Art and Art History, University of Rochester.

2013, Admissions committee, Bachelors of Architecture program, Technische Universität München.

DISSERTATION COMMITTEES

E. Freedenberg (Visual and Cultural Studies, expected 2018)

B. Golonu, “Depictions of Nature as Modernization: Late Ottoman and Early Turkish Republican Landscape Imagery” (Visual and Cultural Studies, expected 2016)

S. Wolf-Johnson (Visual and Cultural Studies, expected 2018)

DESIGN JURIES

2010 University of Pennyslvania
2009 University of Pennsylvania
2008 Cornell University
2007 Parsons
2006 Northeastern University

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

2009-present Society of Architectural Historians

2010-present German Studies Association

2010-present, Historians of Islamic Art Association

2011-present, College Art Association

2011-present, DOCOMOMO

2013-present, Association for Asian Studies

2013-present, Global Architectural History and Theory Collaborative

2014-present, Association for Computers and Humanities

2014-present, Society for the History of Technology

2015-present, Association of Architecture Organizations

2008-2014, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (Harvard University, Department of History of Art and Architecture and Harvard University Graduate School of Design)

2008-2014, Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus