Branden Hookway

Branden Hookway is a cultural theorist whose interests include architecture, urbanism, design, and art; philosophy and critical theory; history of technology and science; organizational theory and human factors; and media theory and new media. His recent book from MIT Press, Interface, released April 2014, discusses issues of subject formation, agency, power, and control, within contexts that include technology, politics, and the social role of games. He is the author of Pandemonium: The Rise of Predatory Locales in the Postwar World, and is currently working on a theoretical treatment of the cockpit as a prototypical 20th-century space. At Cornell, he holds a joint appointment between the Department of Architecture and the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis. He has a B.A. in art from Valparaiso University, an M.Arch. from Rice University, and a Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture from Princeton University.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 5302 Theories and Analyses of Architecture II: Systems and SyntaxesContinuation of focusing on themes in architectural discourse, design, and inquiry from the 1960s to the present, and their creative/critical implications.
  • ARCH 3308/6308 Special Topics in the Theory of Architecture: Flight and Fight: Spaces of Information and ArchitectureThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 3308/6308 Special Topics in the Theory of Architecture: System, Event, Architecture: Computational Environments from Postwar to PresentThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 3308/6308 Special Topics in the Theory of Architecture: Architectures of Control and the Politics of TechnologyThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Theory of Architecture. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Publications (Selected)

  • Interface, Cambridge: MIT Press (April, 2014)
  • "Mobility as Management: The Action Office," OfficeUS, catalog for the American pavilion, XIV Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Eva Franch i Gilabert, Ana Miljački, and Ashley Schafer, Zürich, Lars Müller Publishers (2014)
  • Pandemonium: The Rise of Predatory Locales in the Postwar World (Princeton Architectural Press, 1999)