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Joan Ockman is an architectural historian, critic, and educator. She holds senior appointments at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design and Cooper Union School of Architecture. She is also the Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History at Yale School of Architecture, where she directs the doctoral program in architecture. Previously she taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and served from 1994 to 2008 as director of its Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.

Among her book publications are the award-winning Architecture Culture 1943–1968: A Documentary Anthology (Rizzoli, 1993); The Pragmatist Imagination: Thinking about Things in the Making (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000); and Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (MIT Press, 2012). Her recent essay “Toward a Political Ecology of Architecture” is published in Matthew Mindrup and Lillian Chee, eds., Remote Practices: Architecture at a Distance (Lund Humphries, 2022).

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