The biennial Dissertation Colloquium brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. 

The Buell Conference on the History of Architecture brings together scholars in architectural and urban history to discuss topics in architecture, urbanism, and modernity as broadly understood.

December 4-5, 2009

Prominent curators, writers, critics, and other cultural mediators from across North America were brought together to declare and discuss their agendas, positions, and responsibilities in relation to the ways in which contemporary architecture is discussed, framed, produced and evaluated in public.


Barry BergdollMoMA
Aaron BetskyCincinnati Art Museum
Cynthia DavidsonLog
Amanda Reeser LawrencePRAXIS
Sarah HerdaGraham Foundation
Brook Hodge, curator and writer
Jeffrey InabaC-LAB, Volume, Columbia University
Julie IovineArchitect’s Newspaper
Jeffrey KipnisOhio State University
Sylvia LavinUCLA
David van der LeerGuggenheim NY
Andres LepikMoMA
Geoff ManaughBLDGBLOG
William MenkingArchitect’s Newspaper
Nicolai OuroussoffThe New York Times
Benjamin ProskyArchitizer, Columbia University
Lisa RochonToronto Globe and Mail
William SaundersHarvard Design Magazine
Ashley SchaferPRAXIS
Henry UrbachSFMOMA
Mark WaisutaColumbia University
Mirko ZardiniCanadian Center for Architecture

Discussion moderated by Reinhold Martin, Buell Center Director