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    Sean Keller, Ph.D.

    Sean Keller, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Director of History and Theory

    Office: 3410 S. State Street, Room 210
    Office Hours: By appointment
    Phone: 312.567.3828
    Fax: 312.567.5820
    Email: skeller1@iit.edu


    • Architectural history, theory, and criticism.


    • Ph.D., Harvard University
    • M.Arch, Princeton University
    • B.A., Princeton University

    Curriculum Vitae

    Courses Taught

    Research & Major Accomplishments

    Sean Keller is a historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, with a focus on the relationship of architecture and technology after 1945. He is a frequent contributor to Artforum and his writings have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His work has been recognized by a Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and the 2009 Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism. He has two books forthcoming: Semi-Automatic: Motivating Architecture After Modernism (University of Chicago Press); and—with Christine Mehring—Munich ’72: Art and Architecture (Yale University Press). He has been an invited speaker throughout the United States and Europe, has taught at Harvard and Yale universities, and is a trustee of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

    Current Projects


    • Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, 2012.
    • Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism, Winterhouse Institute and AIGA, 2009.
    • Graham Foundation Production and Presentation Grant, 2008.



    Selected Publications

    Forthcoming: Semi-Automatic: Motivating Architecture After Modernism (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

    Forthcoming: Munich ’72: Art and Architecture, with Christine Mehring (Yale University Press, 2015).

    Forthcoming: “Process Errors,” Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal 46: Error, ed. Joseph Clarke, Zachary Heineman, and Emma Bloomfield (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013).

    “Beauty, Genius, and Epigenesis: The Kantian Aesthetics of Computational Architecture,” Journal of Architectural Education 65:2 (April 2012): 42-51.

    “Architecture After Drawing,” Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung 1/2012 (Spring 2012): 119-33.

    “The Anxieties of Autonomy: Eisenman from Cambridge to House VI,” in Atomic Dwelling: Anxiety, Domesticity, and Postwar Architecture,  ed. Robin Schuldenfrei (New York: Routledge, 2012): 127-46.

    “Playing the Field: On Computational Architecture and Postwar Abstraction,” Artforum (Summer 2011): 376-81.

    “Liam Gillick,” Artforum (April 2010): 188-189.

    “Well-tempered Piano” [on the museums of Renzo Piano], Artforum (Summer 2009): 304-311.

    “Navigating Systems” [on R. Buckminster Fuller], Artforum (November 2008): 282-294.

    “Bidden City” [on the Beijing Olympics], Artforum (Summer 2008): 137-142.

    “Systems Aesthetics, or How Cambridge Solved Architecture,” in Architecture and Authorship: Studies in Disciplinary Remediation, ed. Rolf Hughes, Katja Grillner, and Tim Anstey (London: Black Dog Publications, 2007): 156-163.

    “Behind the Curtain” [on renovating Crown Hall and the Yale University Art Gallery], Artforum (February 2007): 101-2.

    “Fenland Tech: Architectural Science in Postwar Cambridge,” Grey Room 23 (Spring 2006): 40-65.

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