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Claire Zimmerman

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Claire Zimmerman is Associate Professor of History of Art and the Coordinator of Doctoral Studies in Architecture at the Taubman College of the University of Michigan. She teaches courses on 19th and 20th century architecture with research emphases on architectural media, Weimar Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Current research interests include architecture culture as it interacts with commerce and industry, and the infrastructures of globalization that underpinned the spread of modern architecture throughout the 20th c. She co-curated New Brutalist Image 1949-1955: Hunstanton School and the Photography of Life and Art with Victoria Walsh, Royal College of Art, on view at Tate Britain in London until October 2015.


  • Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) 
  • Neo-avant-garde and Postmodern: Postwar Architecture in Britain and Beyond (edited with Mark Crinson) Yale Studies in British Art No. 21 (Yale University Press, 2010)
  • Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Taschen, 2006). 

Selected articles:

  • “The Labor of Albert Kahn,” The Aggregate website, accessed January 26, 2015, http://www.we-aggregate.org/piece/the-labor-of-albert-kahn.
  •  “Albert Kahn’s Territories,” Office: US (2014)
  • “Siegfried Kracauer’s Architectures,” in Culture in the Anteroom: The Legacies of Siegfried Kracauer, ed. G. Gemünden and J. von Moltke (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012), 145-161.
  • “Photography into Building in Postwar Architecture: The Smithsons and James Stirling,” Art History 35 (April 2012): 270-287 and in British Art in the Cultural Field, 1939-69 (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), 72-89.
  • “From Legible Form to Memorable Image: Architectural Knowledge from Wittkower to Banham,” Candide 5 (2012): 93-116.
  • “James Stirling’s ‘Real Function’,” OASE Tijdschrift voor Architektuur/ Journal for Architecture 79 (2009): 122-142.
  • “James Stirling Reassembled,” AA Files 56 (November 2007): 30-41.
  •  “Photographic Modern Architecture: Inside ‘The New Deep’,” Journal of Architecture 9 (2004): 331-354.

Current research topics:

  • The New Brutalist Image
  • Albert Kahn and the architecture of American industrialization
  • Yukio Futagawa and Global Architecture
  • Left critique and modern architecture


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