Peter Christensen

Peter Christensen is an assistant professor of art history at the University of Rochester and a visiting lecturer in architecture at Cornell. His specialization is modern architectural and environmental history, particularly of Germany, Central Europe, and the Middle East. His theoretical interests center on issues of geopolitics and multiculturalism. He also maintains a strong interest in infrastructure and its history.

Christensen is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Historians of Islamic Art Association, among others. Christensen's writing has appeared in leading scholarly journals including Muqarnas, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Harvard Design Magazine, and New Geographies, among others.

Christensen received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and holds a B.Arch. from Cornell.

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3819/5819 Special Topics in HAUD: Materiality in ArchitectureThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of History of Architecture and Urbanism. 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 .