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Todd Gannon, PhD, AIA

  • Robert S. Livesey Professor, Section Head, Architecture Section
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Todd Gannon is Robert S. Livesey Professor of Architecture and Head of the Architecture Section of the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. He is a graduate of the Knowlton School (BSARCH '95, MARCH '97) and holds a PhD from UCLA. A registered architect, Gannon has practiced with Acock Associates Architects in Columbus and was a senior associate Kovac Architects in Los Angeles. He taught at the Knowlton School from 1999–2004 and at Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA, and SCI-Arc before returning to the Knowlton School as section head in 2017.

Gannon’s research focuses on the history and theory of late 20th-century and contemporary architecture. His published books include The Light Construction Reader (2002), Et in Suburbia Ego: José Oubrerie’s Miller House (2013), and monographs on the work of Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Steven Holl, Morphosis, Eric Owen Moss, Oyler Wu Collaborative, Mack Scogin/Merrill Elam, Bernard Tschumi, and UN Studio. His essays have appeared in The Routledge Handbook for Architectural Design and Practice (2015), The SAGE Handbook for Architectural Theory (2012), The Mourning After: Attending the Wake of Postmodernism (2007), and in periodicals including Log, The Architect’s Newspaper, and Offramp. In collaboration with Ewan Branda and Andrew Zago, he curated the 2013 exhibition A Confederacy of Heretics at SCI-Arc. His most recent book is Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech (Getty, 2017). Currently, he is editing a compilation of Craig Hodgetts’ architectural writings and researching a monograph on the work of Franklin D. Israel.

Gannon has lectured at institutions across the United States, in Europe, and in Asia, and is a frequent conference participant and jurist. He served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design, where he directed publication efforts from 2008–2010. His work has been recognized and supported by the Graham Foundation, the Getty Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Institute of Architects, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Ohio State University, and UCLA.

Recent Work

Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech

Reyner Banham and the Paradoxes of High Tech reassesses one of the most influential voices in twentieth-century architectural history through a detailed examination of Banham’s writing on High Tech architecture and its immediate antecedents. In it, Gannon devotes significant attention to Banham’s late work, including fresh archival materials related to Making Architecture: The Paradoxes of High Tech, the manuscript he left unfinished at his death in 1988. For the first time, readers will have access to Banham’s previously unpublished draft introduction to that book.