Georgia Tech's School of Architecture has a distinguished tradition of innovative scholarship in the field of History, Theory, and Criticism. Drawing on the unique range of disciplines and professions within the College and the Institute, faculty contribute to a growing field of cross-cultural studies and interdisciplinary scholarship that use concepts from humanistic, social scientific, and technical disciplines, some traditionally seen as outside the purview of architectural history and theory in order to better understand the material, spatial, intellectual, and ideological dimensions of the physical world. To this end, linkages have been established with the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and with the School of History, Technology, and Society at Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
Taking advantage of the resources available in the Atlanta metropolitan area and beyond, faculty also engage questions relevant to the contemporary world, using rigorous scholarship, scientific analysis, and theoretical reflection to promote innovative research that challenges the assumptions on which public and scholarly debate about architecture is often based. The aim of research in Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism is thus to position architecture within a wider field of critical, scientific, and cultural inquiry, using international and cross-cultural research, inter-disciplinary work, as well as novel social, cultural, philosophical, and scientific perspectives to expand the scope and range of historical and theoretical inquiry. While centered primarily on modern and contemporary architecture, faculty interests vary significantly by subject area, period, region, and methodological emphasis.
Faculty research focuses on a wide range of subjects within or across a variety of fields, from architecture to urbanism, landscape, and engineering/building technology. Current research interests include: