Daniel Barber / University of Pennsylvania, College of Design

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
January 21, 2015 - 5:30pm

Daniel Barber will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 21. The lecture is free and open to the public. Barber is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Penn Design, where he is also the Associate Chair of the Department of Architecture. He is an architectural historian with a research interest in the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture across the 20th century. Barber is a leading voice in the field’s increasing interest in environmental concerns on both historical and theoretical terms.

Barber received a PhD in Architecture History and Theory from Columbia University and a Master of Environmental Design from Yale University. He was recently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment and Graduate School of Design, and has held visiting positions at Oberlin College, Barnard College, and the University of Auckland, New Zealand. In February 2015 he will be the Terra Foundation for American Art Visiting Professor at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

Barber approaches research and teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating narratives and methods from histories of architecture, landscape architecture, technology, science, politics, economics and environmentalism. He has presented papers and chaired panels in numerous disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts, and has lectured internationally. Barber is leading a research group on architecture and climate for the Mellon Foundation funded Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, is part of the Architecture and Environment Interest Group of the European Architectural History Network and he is a fellow at the Penn Institute for Urban Research and at the UPenn/Mellon Foundation project on Humanities, Urbanism and Design.

Barber’s current research looks at the role of architectural technologies in the infrastructural and territorial transformations of the immediate post-World War II period in the United States. His first book, A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War, will be published by Oxford University Press in the Spring of 2015. Barber’s essays have appeared in a number of periodicals, including Grey Room, Technology and Culture, The Journal of Architecture, Design Philosophy Papers, thresholds, Delft Architectural Studies on Housing (DASH), Pidgin and The Nordic Journal of Architecture.