Art History Department

Clarke, Joseph L. MArch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Modern Architecture (UT St. George)

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My research is concerned with systems of architectural thought and how they relate to buildings as specific constructions. Recently I have been interested in how the ephemerality and intangibility of sound challenged the spatial imagination of modern architects. I am writing a book on European acoustic research in the 18th and 19th centuries, entitled Echo’s Chambers: Architecture and the Idea of Acoustic Space (University of Pittsburgh Press). I am also studying efforts in the 1960s to establish differentiated spatial structures within open-plan offices.

Trained as a designer, I previously practiced architecture at Eisenman Architects and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. As an art historian, I teach courses on architecture, urbanism, and culture in a worldwide context, focusing on the period from the 18th century to the present.

In April and May 2018, I was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

  • “Acoustic Space” (graduate)
  • “Architecture and the Project of Industrial Modernity” (graduate)
  • “Modern Architecture from 1750 to the Present” (undergraduate)
  • “Art and Ideas: The City Seen” (undergraduate)
Areas of Academic Interest
  • Architecture since the Enlightenment
  • Global urbanism
  • German Romanticism
  • Sound studies
  • Ph.D (2014) Yale University
Selected Publications
  • “Catacoustic Enchantment: The Romantic Conception of Reverberation,” Grey Room 60 (Summer 2015): 36–65.

  • “For a History of Liveness,” Log 33 (Winter 2015): 25–37.

  • “How Not To Be ‘Theatrical’: Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, Adolphe Appia, Le Corbusier,” Music in Architecture—Architecture in Music (Austin: Center for American Architecture and Design, 2014), 102–113.

  • “Iannis Xenakis and the Philips Pavilion,” The Journal of Architecture 17:2 (April 2012): 213–229.

  • “Wagnerism Embodied,” Log 23 (Fall 2011): 59–69.

  • “Town and Country: New Urban Housing in China,” Frieze, May 2009: 21–22.

  • “Specters of a Young Earth,” Triple Canopy 4 (December 2008).

  • “Into a Forest of Script: The Unconscious of Algorithms,” Log 12 (Spring/Summer 2008): 116–124.

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