Assistant Professor

Dr. Bryan E. Norwood is an architectural historian and assistant professor in the School of Architecture. His research focuses on architecture and building practices in the United States and Atlantic World in the long 19th century.

He is currently working on two projects. The first, Architectural Calling: Protestantism, Nationalism, and Racecraft in the Formation of a US Profession, examines how the professionalization of architectural practice in the United States in the 1830s-1860s was intertwined issues of theology, racecraft, class, and historical consciousness. Here’s a short piece in Platform on some of the themes in this book.

His second project is a study of architecture’s role in shaping the intersection of industrialization and historical consciousness in the American South between Reconstruction and the New Deal. Here’s a recent piece published in Places Journal on some some of the contemporary ramifications of this project: “Museum, Refinery, Penitentiary.”

In 2018-2021, Bryan was a postdoctoral fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. Previously, he was the Charles E. Peterson Senior Fellow at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia in 2016-17 and guest-editor of issue 42 of the journal Log entitled “Disorienting Phenomenology” in 2018. Bryan received a BA in philosophy and a BArch from Mississippi State University, an MA in philosophy from Boston University, and an AM and PhD in the history and theory of architecture from Harvard University. His writing has appeared in Places, LogPerspecta, The Journal of Architectural EducationHarvard Design MagazineCulture Machine, and Philosophical Forum, as well as collected volumes.

photo of Bryan Norwood