• Profile:

    Aaron White is a PhD candidate in Architectural History at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He holds an MA in Architecture from Pratt Institute, where he was awarded the Stanley Katz Award for design excellence; and a BA in Architecture from the University of Idaho. His research focuses on the history of seventeenth-century English architecture, particularly in its relation to colonization efforts in Ireland and North America. His writing has appeared in AD, CLOG, Studio, Urban Omnibus, Think Space Pamphlets, and The Building (Lars Müller, 2017).

    Degrees Held:

    Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University, A.B.D.
    MPhil, Columbia University, May 2016
    M.Arch., Pratt Institute, May 2005
    B.Arch., magna cum laude, University of Idaho, May 2002

    Professional Affiliations:

    Society of Architectural Historians, member

    Recent Publications:

    “Ambivalence as Agency,” and “Having It All Ways,” The Building (Oslo: Lars Müller, 2017), 106-113, 202-209.
    “Western State Penitentiary and the Search for Solitude,” CLOG Prisons, ed. Kyle May et al. (2014) 22-23.
    “Infinite Deferral: Olmstedian Use and its Challengers,” Think Space Pamphlets, (Feb 2013): 1-15.
    “Notes on the Equitable Building as Origin,” Studio: Transformation 4 (2012): 126-133.
    “The Grid in its Guises,” Urban Omnibus, (Mar 2012),
    “Distributed Forms of Collaboration,” DD: Networks and Environments: Servo. (Korea, 2008), 32-37.
    “Architecture, Animal, Human: The Asymmetrical Condition,” Book Review, CRIT 63 (Spring 2007): 60.

    Performances And Appearances:

    “The Classical as Colonial Legitimation,” Society of Architectural Historians annual conference, St. Paul, MN (abstract accepted)
    “‘A Native Civilitie:’ Inigo Jones, Stonehenge, and the Ambivalence of Heritage,” Association of Art Historians annual conference, Loughborough University
    “Reflecting on Techniques,” Graduate Student Congress, Glasgow, Scotland (co-organizer)
    “Assembling Values: Architecture and Political Economy,” Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University (co-organizer)
    “Bernard Tschumi’s Lerner Hall,” PhD Conversations: The Building II, Columbia University
    “Scogin & Elam’s Wellesley College Campus Building,” PhD Conversations: The Building, Architectural Association

    Research Interests:

    architecture, colonization, classicism, early modern

    Awards And Honors:

    Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
    Faculty Development Award, Parsons, The New School
    Fellowship, The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture
    Competition Winner, Little Free Libraries Competition, Architectural League
    Faculty Development Grant, Pratt Institute
    Essay Competition runner-up, “The Unfinished Grid,” Urban Omnibus
    Rijeka Library Competition, 2nd Place
    Sidney Katz Award for Design Excellence, Pratt Institute