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Joss Kiely

Current Student—Ph.D in Architecture

Joss Kiely

jossk@umich.edu
Specialization: History and Theory
Advisor: Prof. Claire Zimmerman

Joss Kiely is an advanced Ph.D. candidate in architectural history and theory. His dissertation, entitled, “The Infrastructure of Itinerancy: Politics and Image in the Late Modern Architecture of Minoru Yamasaki, 1952-86,” examines the relationship between aviation, architecture and the exchange of capital in the rapidly globalizing postwar era by focusing on a number of projects designed by the Japanese-American architect Minoru Yamasaki. His research has been generously funded by The American Council of Learned Societies in conjunction with the Henry Luce Foundation (Luce/ACLS), the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), and the University of Michigan where he is currently a Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellow. In addition to his academic research agenda, he is trained as an architect and is the founding principal of his own graphic design firm, Studio Jot, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Conference Papers:

  • [forthcoming] “Conspicuous Excess and Global Power: Yamasaki’s World’s Fair Pavilions in New Delhi and Seattle, 1959-62 ,” Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ), 2017 Annual Conference, “Art and Its Directions,” Perth, Western Australia, December 6-8, 2017
  • [forthcoming] “The Chaff of U.S. Diplomacy: Yamasaki’s Forgotten Pavilion of the 1959 World Agricultural Fair,” Society of Architectural Historians, SAH 2018 Annual International Conference, St. Paul, MN, April 18-22, 2018
  • “Poetic Structure and Popular Taste: Yamasaki, Emerson, and the Delicate Balance of Form and Tectonics,” Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, XXXIV Annual Meeting, Quotation, Canberra, Australia, July 5-8, 2017
  • “Liquid Gold in the Desert: The Dhahran Civil Air Terminal and the Architecture of Oil, 1958-81,” The Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, XXXIII Annual Meeting, Gold, Melbourne, Australia, July 6-9, 2016
  • “Ornament and the Sublime: Historical Formalism in the Work of Minoru Yamasaki,” ACSA Fall Regional Conference, Between the Autonomous and the Contingent Object, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, October 8-10, 2015
  • "Late Modernism on the Prairie: Minoru Yamasaki and the Oklahoma Projects," Creating/Making Conference, Oklahoma University, Norman, OK, October 2014.
  • "Architectural Aerialism: The Translation of Aviation in Late Modern Architecture: 1956-85," Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, XXXI Annual Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2014.
  • "Minoru Yamasaki and the Architecture of Inequality," Asian Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Osaka, Japan, April 2014.
  • "Towards an Aerial Modernism: Italian Aerofuturism and the Visions of Le Corbusier, 1911-1933", ACLA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, April 2013
  • "Disbelief, Suspended: Architectures of the Sky and the Transgressive Territorializations of Air." States of Suspension, The University of Chicago, November 2012.
  • "The Gendering of Architectonic Dance: Futurism, Choreography, and the Body in Space, 1914-29." Arts in Society, John Moores University, Liverpool, United Kingdom, July 2012.

Publications:

  • “Poetic Structure and Popular Taste: Yamasaki, Emerson, and the Delicate Balance of Form and Tectonics,” Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, XXXIV Annual Meeting Proceedings, July 2017
  • “Liquid Gold in the Desert: The Dhahran Civil Air Terminal and the Architecture of Oil, 1958-81,” Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, XXXIII Annual Meeting Proceedings, July 2016
  • “Air Age Landmarks: Obsolescence, Preservation, and the Late Modern Airport Terminal,” CLOG, Landmark. September 2015
  • “Late Modernism on the Prairie: Minoru Yamasaki and the Oklahoma Projects,” Creating/Making Conference Proceedings, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, November 2014
  • "Hermeneutic Discord: An Architect and his Critic," Clog, World Trade Center. New York, NY. October 2014.
  • "Architectural Aerialism: The Translation of Aviation in Late Modern Architecture: 1956-85," Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, XXXI Annual Meeting Proceedings, July 2014.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships:

  • Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2017-18
  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), ACLS/Luce Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2016-17
  • Travel Grant, Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), The Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars, SAH Study Tour, Columbus, IN, October 2013.
  • Rackham Conference Travel Grant (July and November 2012, April 2013, April and July 2014)
  • Rackham Research Travel Grant ($1500). Awarded for travel to Brasilia, Brazil, April 2013.