Bryan E. Norwood is an assistant professor of architecture at Taubman College and a postdoctoral scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows. His research focuses on architecture and building practices in the United States in the nineteenth century. Bryan received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in the history and theory of architecture in 2018.
Bryan’s current research focuses on two projects. The first examines the intellectual and institutional foundations of the professionalization of architecture along the Atlantic Coast in the Early American Republic. It reveals how professional and educational institutions that took shape in cities like Philadelphia and New York intertwined architecture with issues of theology, class, race, and historical consciousness. The second is a study of the development of architectural education, practice, and professionalization in the Deep South from the antebellum period to the early twentieth century. This investigation situates architecture in relationship to themes of the hopes and limits of Reconstruction, the legacies of slavery and the plantation system, and the mythology of the Old South.
Bryan was the 2016-2017 Charles E. Peterson Senior Fellow at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and guest-edited issue 42 of the journal Log, entitled “Disorienting Phenomenology.” Previously, he received a BA in philosophy and a BArch from Mississippi State University, an MA in philosophy from Boston University, and an AM in architecture from Harvard. Bryan has taught at Harvard, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Mississippi State University. His writing has appeared in Philosophical Forum, Harvard Design Magazine, Culture Machine, Log, and MONU, as well as several collected volumes.