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Joy Knoblauch

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Joy Knoblauch is an Assistant Professor of Architecture engaging the subfields of history & theory of architecture, architectural design, and design studies. As a member of the faculty in the University of Michigan's Science, Technology & Society Program, she explores the way architecture mediates between government, social science, medical science, and the public. Knoblauch is a member of the steering committee for the Graduate Certificate in Healthy Cities and teaches in the Master of Science in Design Health degree.

Knoblauch earned a Fulbright Award as The Visiting Research Chair in Philosophy and Public Health from Fulbright Canada and The Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec in 2015.

Knoblauch's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Centre Canadien d'Architecture and the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars. She earned her Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at the Princeton University School of Architecture. 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.

Her work has been published in Architecture Theory Review, Manifest, covering American Architecture and Urbanism, Pidgin, In Search of the Public: Notes on the Contemporary American City, and Aggregate

Current research:

  • Dr. Knoblauch is writing a book on the role of psychology and other social sciences in reforming public housing, prisons, and mental health centers in the nascent neoliberalism of the 1960s and 1970s. Forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press series on Culture, Politics and the Built Environment edited by Dianne Harris. 
  • 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.

Selected Articles:

  • "The Permeable Institution: Community Mental Health Centers as Governmental Technology (1963 to 1974)," Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place, Harvard University Press with imprint by Harvard Graduate School of Design, Edited by Delia Wendel and Fallon Samuels Aidoo (2016).
  • "The Economy of Fear, Oscar Newman Launches Crime Prevention through Urban Design (1969 -197x)" Architectural Theory Review, Vol. 19, No. 3, (2015), 336–354. 
  • “Defensible Space and the Open Society,” The Aggregate website (Not Peer Reviewed), Volume 2, March 2015. http://we-aggregate.org/piece/defensible-space-and-the-open-society
  • "The Work of Diagrams, From Factory to Hospital in Postwar America," Manifest, A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism, No. 1, (October 2013): 154-163.
  • "Endnotes," In Search of the Public, Notes on the American City, Edited by Mario Gandelsonas, Rafi Segal and Els Verbakel, Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure, May 2013.