Peter H. Christensen

Peter Christensen is an historian of architecture and infrastructure and Associate Professor of Art History and Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. He is the author of Germany and the Ottoman Railways: Art, Empire, and Infrastructure (Yale University, 2017; winner of the 2020 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians for the most distinguished work of scholarship by a North American scholar) and the book Materialized: German Steel in Global Ecology (Penn State Press, 2022), in addition to more than one hundred edited volumes, articles, chapters, reviews, and catalog and encyclopedia entries. His book Prior Art: Patents and the Nature of Invention in Architecture is forthcoming from MIT Press in 2024. He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Richard Rogers residency at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the New York State Council for the Arts, the Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, and the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin, among others.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural history
  • Architectural theory
  • Infrastructure
  • Urbanism
  • Visual representation

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3819/5819 Special Topics in the History of Architecture and Urbanism
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