Eve Blau, adjunct professor of the history and theory of urban form and design and director of research at the Harvard GSD, joins 16 Harvard faculty as newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. In 2022, the academy inducted 261 new members to honor exceptional scholars, leaders, artists, and innovators engaged in advancing the public good. The complete list of new members can be viewed on the American Academy’s website.
“We are celebrating a depth of achievements in a breadth of areas,” said David Oxtoby, President of the American Academy. “These individuals excel in ways that excite us and inspire us at a time when recognizing excellence, commending expertise, and working toward the common good is absolutely essential to realizing a better future.”
Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders from every field of human endeavor to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and work together “to cultivate every art and science which may tend to advance the interest, honor, dignity, and happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.”
At the GSD, Blau teaches courses on urban history and theory, modern architecture, urban form, and issues of representation. She also leads core and elective courses on Urban Design, including the Urban Design Proseminar: History, Theory, Practice; Cities by Design; Urban Form: Transition as Condition. In recent years she has taught a series of research seminars: Berlin as Laboratory; Baku: Oil and Urbanism; Mapping Cultural Space Across Eurasia.
In addition to serving as Director of Research at the GSD, Blau is Co-Director of the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative, a cross-Harvard initiative supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her most recent publication Baku: Oil and Urbanism (2018), received the 2019 DAM Architectural Book Award from the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in collaboration with the Frankfurt Book Fair.