Kevin Block

Dissertation Title

Drawn Apart: Abstraction and the Formation of Architectural Expertise in Postbellum New York

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Research Interests

Architectural history and theory, the sociology of architecture, cultural history, American studies, design studies, creativity and labor, globalization.


My dissertation is a historical research project that reconsiders the epistemological and social conditions necessary for the growth of the American architecture profession. I am broadly interested in architecture and design as forms of knowledge production and the built environment as a means of cultural development. I have taught for UC Berkeley’s Rhetoric Department, Architecture Department, Geography Department, and the Program in American Studies.