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Bryan Norwood

Assistant Professor of Architecture
Postdoctoral Scholar,
Michigan Society of Fellows

Bryan E. Norwood is an assistant professor of architecture at Taubman College and a postdoctoral fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. His research focuses on architecture and building practices in the United States in the 19th century. Norwood received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in the history and theory of architecture in 2018.

Norwood is working on two research projects. The first examines the intellectual and institutional foundations of the professionalization of architecture in the Early American Republic. It looks at how architectural practice was intertwined issues of theology, race, class, and historical consciousness. The second is a study of architecture’s role in shaping memory in the American South from Reconstruction to the early 20th century. This work situates architecture in relationship to themes of the hopes and limits of Reconstruction, the legacies of slavery, the mythology of the Lost Cause, and environmental transformation and exploitation.

Norwood 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.” Norwood 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. Norwood has taught at University of Michigan, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Mississippi State University. His writing has appeared in Log, Perspecta, The Journal of Architectural Education, Harvard Design Magazine, Culture Machine, and Philosophical Forum, as well as collected volumes.

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