Sean Keller

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives

Professor 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 the author of Automatic Architecture: Motivating Form After Modernism and has written for numerous anthologies and journals. His work has been recognized by a Warhol Grant and a Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism. His next book focuses on the architecture, art, and landscape of the 1972 Olympics in Munich, and is forthcoming from Yale University Press. Keller is an invited speaker throughout the United States and Europe. He has taught at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Chicago, where he has been a fellow of both the Neubauer Collegium and the Franke Institute for the Humanities. He is a trustee of the Graham Foundation.


B.A., M.ARCH., Princeton University
Ph.D., Harvard University


Neubauer Collegium, University of Chicago, Fellow (2016-18)
Franke Institute, University of Chicago, Residential Scholar (2017)
Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism (2009)


“Schönheit, Genie, Epigenese. Kantische Ursprünge der zeitgenössischen Architektur,”
Formbildung und Formbegriff. Das Formdenken der Moderne (University of Basel,
“Rebuilding the Future,” with Christine Mehring, Parkett (2016).
“The Collective Authorship of Modernism,” Contribution and Collaboration: The Work
of Petra Andrejova-Molnár and Her Contemporaries (König Books, 2016).
"Aleatory Architectures," with Heinrich Jaeger, Granular Matter (2016).
“Ways About Error,” Perspecta: The Yale Architectural Journal (MIT Press, 2013).
“Beauty, Genius, and Epigenesis,” Journal of Architectural Education (2012).
“Architecture After Drawing,” Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturforschung (2012).
“The Anxieties of Autonomy,” Atomic Dwelling (Routledge, 2012).
“Playing the Field,” Artforum (2011).
“Navigating Systems,” Artforum (2008).


Automatic Architecture: Motivating Form After Modernism (University of Chicago Press,


Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Arts Writers Grant (2012)

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Contact Information

312.567.3269 3410 S. State Street Chicago, IL 60616, Room 108 By Appointment

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