Sean Keller, Ph.D.Associate Professor
Director of History and Theory
Office: 3410 S. State Street, Room 210
Office Hours: By appointment
- Architectural history, theory, and criticism.
- Ph.D., Harvard University
- M.Arch, Princeton University
- B.A., Princeton University
ARCH 501: History of Architectural Ideas II: 1900 to Present
ARCH 502: Advanced Topics in History and Theory I
ARCH 503: Advanced Topics in History and Theory II
ARCH 593: Masters Project
ARCH 691: Doctoral Research
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.
- 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.
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.