Joan Ockman

Architectural historian / Cornell University, Cooper Union, University of Pennsylvania

First class of 1870, Illinois Industrial University.

First class of 1870, Illinois Industrial University. Photo courtesy of Joan Ockman

A Brief History of Research in Architecture Education

Join noted architectural historian Joan Ockman for a discussion on the relationship of architectural research and its curatorial extensions to contemporary digital-global society.The lecture will also address contrast between intellectual culture of architecture schools today with architecture education in the past.

The lecture will be followed by an audience discussion moderated by Erkin Özay, UB assistant professor of architecture.

AIA continuing education credits pending

Watch the entire lecture on YouTube


Portrait of Joan Ockman.

Joan Ockman

Joan Ockman is distinguished Senior Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Visiting Professor at The Cooper Union School of Architecture and Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She taught for over two decades at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she also directed the temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture from 1994 to 2008 and was responsible for a multifaceted program of lecturers, publications, and exhibitions. Among her numerous publications on the history, theory, and criticism of modern and contemporary architecture are Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (MIT Press, 2012), The Pragmatist Imagination: Thinking about Things in the Making (Princeton Architectural Press, 2000), and the award-winning Architecture Culture 1943-1968: A Documentary Anthology (Rizzoli, 1993). She began her career at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, where she served as associate editor of the journal Oppositions and executive editor of Oppositions Books. In 2017 she was named a Fellow of the Society of Architectural Historians for "a lifetime of significant contributions to the field of architectural history". She served as Will and Nan Clarkson Chair in Architecture at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning in 2007.