Sebastian Schmidt Dalzon

Administrative Director, Initiatives and Academic Projects

Sebastian Schmidt Dalzon is an urban and architectural historian focusing on issues of war, race, and memory in the United States, Germany, and Japan in the 20th and 21st centuries. He holds a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture (MIT), an MSc in Urban Studies (The University of Edinburgh), and a BA in Cultural Studies (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf). His research has been supported by residential fellowships at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Harvard University’s Weatherhead Initiative on Global History, and the Rice University Academy of Fellows.

With a guiding interest in global and antihegemonic historiography, Sebastian’s work uses interdisciplinary approaches to investigate the urban environment as a meeting place of ideological, economic, and governmental powers, paying special attention to the social construction of narratives around ethnicity, race, and gender. Sebastian’s writing has been published in journals and edited collections, and he has taught classes on the history and theory of architecture and urbanism at Rice University and MIT.