Joan Ockman

Joan Ockman is Distinguished Senior Fellow in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. She taught from 1985 to 2008 at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she also served for fourteen years as Director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. She has also taught in recent years at Graduate Center of City University of New York, Cornell University, and the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam. Her most recent publication is the edited volume Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (MIT Press, 2012). Among her other books are The Pragmatist Imagination: Thinking about Things in the Making (Princeton Architectural Press, 2001) and Architecture Culture 1943–1968: A Documentary Anthology (Rizzoli, 1993), now in its fifth printing. She began her career at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York, where she was an editor of Oppositions journal and the Oppositions Books series. Her writing and research focus on the history, theory, and culture of modern and contemporary architecture.