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Albert Narath

Professor Albert Narath Portrait
Assistant Professor, History of Art and Visual Culture
Modern and Contemporary architecture and design; environmental history, theories of technology, historiography of modernism, anthropology and architecture
Office: 831-459-1434
Research Interests: 

Albert Narath’s research and teaching interests focus on the history of modern architecture and design from the 19th century to the present. His current work operates within the intersection of architectural history, environmental history, and anthropology. Projects on subjects such as the impact of ecological thinking on architectural practice, the history of “passive solar” design, and the adoption of environmentalist ideas in architectural education interrogate the complex relationships between the ideas of technology and nature in design discourse during the past half-century. His current book project focuses on the reception of indigenous architecture in the American Southwest following World War II, when debates about ecology and technology were central to the social and political context of design developments both outside and within Pueblo communities. 

He maintains a second research focus in the historiography of modern architecture. In tracing German art historical conceptions of the Baroque at the end of the nineteenth century, for example, he has explored the interplay between history, theory, and practice in a period when architects reexamined their discipline in the face of profound urban and political transformations.

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Selected Publications: 

Book Chapters

Größstadt as Barockstadt: Art History, Advertising, and the Surface of the Neo-Baroque,” in Andrew Leach, John Macarthur and Maarten Dalbecke (eds.), The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980 (London: Ashgate, 2015)

Essays and Articles 

“Head Trips,” Cabinet, Spring, 2009 (co-authored with Jordan Bear)

“R. M. Schindler, Taos Pueblo, and a Country Home in Adobe Construction,” Journal of Architecture, October, 2008

Selected Presentations: 

“Sundwellings: Energy, Biotechnics, and the History of Passive Solar Design”

American Society of Environmental Historians Annual Meeting (Panel on “Solar Architecture in the Expanded Field”), Washington, DC, 2015
“The Historiography of Mud: Vincent Scully, Ralph Knowles, and the Emergence of ‘Eco-Art History’”
College Art Association Annual Conference (Session on “Eco-Art History”), Chicago, IL, 2014
“The Architecture of Performance: Aesthetics and Biotechnics at the Pueblo.”
Earth USA 2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2013
“The Oregon Conspiracy: Architecture and Environmentalism at the University of Oregon.”
Architecture Education Goes Outside Itself: Crossing Borders, Breaking Barriers, University of Pennsylvania School of Design, 2013
“The Architecture of Attention: Art History Rediscovers the Baroque.”
Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, New Orleans, LA, 2011
“Baroque Expressionism, Expressionistic Baroque: Charting the Architecture of Effect.”
Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago, IL, 2010
“Baroque Bodies.”
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, DC, 2010
“The Baroque Effect.”
11th International Bauhaus Colloquium, Bauhaus University Weimar, Weimar, Germany, 2009
“‘Pioneering without Tears’: Rudolf Schindler, Taos Pueblo, and a Country Home in Adobe Construction”
Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Pittsburgh, PA, 2007
“Where the Great City Stands: Ludwig Hilberseimer’s Preparation for Architecture.”
Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Savannah, GA, 2006
 “Sigfried Giedion, The Eternal Present, and the Search for a Modern Monumentality.”
2nd International Alvar Aalto Conference on the Research of Modern Architecture, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2005
“A Feeling of Antiquity: Taos Pueblo and the Architectural Imagination.”
Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Denver, CO, 2003

Honors and Awards: 

Paul Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Fall 2007-Spring 2010

Education and Training: 
Ph.D., History of Modern Architecture, Columbia University
M.A. with Distinction, Histories and Theories of Architecture, Architectural Association, London, UK
B.A., Anthropology, Bowdoin College