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Joanna Merwood

Joanna Merwood

Associate Professor of Architectural History, Constructed Environments

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Albert and Vera List Academic Center
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  • Joanna Merwood-Salisbury is Associate Professor of architectural history at the School of Constructed Environments and an affiliated faculty member in the  School of Design Strategies. Trained as a professional architect in New Zealand, she received her Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from Princeton University in 2003. Prior to coming to Parsons, she taught at Bard College, the University of Illinois in Chicago, and at Barnard and Columbia Colleges. Her scholarly focus is nineteenth-and early-twentieth-century architecture and urbanism in the United States. She is author of Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City (University of Chicago Press, 2009) and a co-Editor of After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011). She has published articles and reviews in AA Files, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, Technology and Culture, Design Issues, Grey Room, and Lotus International. 

    Recent Publications:


    “American Modern: The Chicago School and the International Style at the Museum of Modern Art,” in Alexander Eisenschmidt and Jonathan Mekinda Eds. Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation, Park Books/University of Chicago Press, 2014

    “The First Chicago School and the Ideology of the Skyscraper,” in Peggy Deamer Ed. Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present, Routledge, 2013

    Kent Kleinman, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury and Lois Weinthal Eds., After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design, Princeton Architectural Press, 2011

    Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City, University of Chicago Press, 2009

    "Protest and Patriotism: Union Square as Public Space, 1832-1932," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians vol. 68, no. 4 (December 2009)

    “On Luxury,” AA Files, vol. 58  (2009)

    Research Interests:

    architectural criticism, architectural history, architecture, interior design, urban design

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