Dr. Bryan E. Norwood is an assistant professor of architecture at Taubman College and a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on architecture and building practices in the United States in the long 19th century.
I’m currently working on two projects. The first, Architectural Calling: Protestantism, Nationalism, and Racecraft in the Formation of an American 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. The second is a study of the built environment’s role in shaping memory in the American South from Reconstruction to the New Deal.
In 2016-2017, I was the Charles E. Peterson Senior Fellow at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and I guest-edited issue 42 of the journal Log, entitled “Disorienting Phenomenology.” I’m currently the book review editor for Arris, the journal of the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. I 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. My writing has appeared in Log, Perspecta, The Journal of Architectural Education, Harvard Design Magazine, Culture Machine, and Philosophical Forum, as well as collected volumes.