History of Architecture and Urban Development Degree Details

The History of Architecture and Urban Development (HAUD) program at Cornell offers a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.), and represents a sophisticated blend of interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Projects, lectures, and publications produced within the HAUD program showcase the diverse range of topics and methodologies embraced by the field. The number and stature of awards, fellowships, and conference invitations HAUD students receive underscore the vitality of the program.

HAUD Student Accomplishment Highlights

News (selected)

Thesis and Dissertation Titles (selected)

  • Salvatore Dellaria, The Wrong Building, in the Wrong Place, at the Wrong Time: Marcel Breuer and the Grand Central Tower Controversy, 1967–1969 (master's thesis, 2016)
  • Sophie Hochhäusl, Modern by Nature: Architecture, Technology, and Environment in Austrian Settlements between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953 (doctoral dissertation, 2015)
  • Gökhan Kodalak, Architecture, Power, and Poverty: Emergence of the Union Workhouse Apparatus in 19th-century England (master's thesis, 2014)
  • Chad Randl, Live Better Where You Are: Home Improvement and The Rhetoric of Renewal (doctoral dissertation, 2014)
  • Whitten Overby, Postcards from God: Grace and the Corporate Everyday at Orlando's Holy Land Experience (master's thesis, 2013)
  • Margot Lystra, Between Making and Seeing: Overlay Drawing Practices in 1960s–70s Environmental Design (master's thesis, 2012)

Books (selected)

  • Sophie Hochhausl, Otto Neurath — City Planning; Proposing a Socio-Political Map for Modern Urbanism (2011)
  • Chad Randl, Revolving Architecture: A History of Buildings that Rotate, Swivel and Pivot (2008)
  • Thasia Way, Unbounded Practice: Women and Landscape Architecture in the Early 20th Century (2008)

Journal Publications (recent)

  • 2014 and forthcoming: Architectural Histories; Sacred Precincts: Non-Muslim Religious Sites in Islamic Territories; Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes
  • 2013: Anatolian Studies Arredamento Mimarlik (Turkish monthly journal for design, art, and architecture); Building and Landscapes; Direnişi Düşünmek; La Monde Diplomatique
  • 2011: Arredamento Mimarlik; The Journal of Theory and Practice

Conference Presentations (recent)

  • 2014: "Deindustrialization and its Aftermath," Society of Architectural Historians Conference
  • 2013: Italian Association of Urban History Conference; American Culture Association Regional Conference; Eighth Savannah Symposium; "Fallout" symposium; History of Art Annual Graduate Student Symposium; National Pop Culture Association Conference; Society of Architectural Historians Conference
  • 2012: Annual meeting of the American Society of Oriental Research; European Architectural History Network; International Committee for the History of Technology; NOMAD Seminar; Skopje Architecture Week; Society of Architectural Historians Conference

Exhibitions (recent)

  • 2017: A Monologue? A Dialogue?, exhibition in Milstein Hall elevator on 1873 Vienna World Exposition, curated by Esra Akcan, Aslihan Günhan (Ph.D. student), Konstantinos Petrakos (M.Arch.II '17), Di Wang (M.Arch.II '17), Hanyou Zhang (M.Arch.II '17) for ARCH 6805 Practicum: Building ExhibitionsThis course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.
  • 2017: Lina Bo Bardi: Challenging the Canon, exhibition in Fine Arts Library on the inaugural exhibition of São Paulo Museum of Art, curated by Esra Akcan, Carmen Johnson (M.Arch.II '17), Ana Ozaki (Ph.D. student), Maryam Rabi (M.A. HPP '20), Chuqi Xiao (M.Arch.II '17) for ARCH 6805 Practicum: Building ExhibitionsThis course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.
  • 2017: #Blowing up the Dome: A Participatory Space Making, exhibition in Sibley Dome on the inaugural exhibition of São Paulo Museum of Art, curated by Esra Akcan, Pamela Chueh (B.Arch. '17), Sergio Preston (Ph.D. student), Gretchen Worth (M.A. HPP '20) for ARCH 6805 Practicum: Building ExhibitionsThis course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.
  • 2017: Behind the Wall, exhibition in room 142, East Sibley Hall, on the civilian occupation, curated by Esra Akcan, Sena Kayasu (M.A. HPP '20), Michael Moynihan (Ph.D. student), Petrea Sweeny (M.Arch. '17) for ARCH 6805 Practicum: Building ExhibitionsThis course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.This course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.
  • 2015: Gastro-Porn, digital exhibition created for ARCH 6805 Practicum: Gastro-PornThis course exercises history of architecture and urbanism's capacities for affecting contemporary events through critical associations with the past. The workshop culminates in an exhibition, publication, symposium, curricular initiative, or other public occasion. Enrollment of qualified graduate students from associated fields is encouraged.