Taubman College

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Teaching Areas:

  • Design
  • History/Theory
  • Science, Technology and Society

Joy Knoblauch earned her PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Princeton University School of Architecture. Her interests span between architectural design, history theory, and design studies. She teaches in the MS in Design Health, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses. As a member of the faculty in the U-M Science, Technology & Society Program, she maintains a particular focus on the way that social science and medical science mediate between architecture, government, and population.

Her current book project outlines the limits of architecture's social project, through an examination of its engagement with government and social science during the 1960s and 1970s. She is also mapping the development of the American hospital system in the postwar period, at a time of simultaneous fear and euphoria over technology in the face of the Cold War.

Knoblauch’s research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the Centre Canadien D’Architecture and the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Master of Environmental Design from the Yale University School of Architecture and has worked in architecture offices in Ithaca, New York and San Francisco, California. Previously, she taught History and Theory of Urban Design as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). Her work has been published in the new journal Manifest, covering American Architecture and Urbanism, Pidgin, and In Search of the Public: Notes on the Contemporary American City.

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