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Gail Fenske

Gail Fenske, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
B.Arch. Arizona State University; M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Registered Architect
Contact Information
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AR 242
Areas of Expertise: 
Architecture/History of Modern Architecture/History of American Architecture/Skyscrapers

Gail Fenske teaches subjects in the history of modern European architecture and American architecture.  Her lecture courses and seminars emphasize architecture’s intersection with broader cultural contexts, among them urban, technological, and visual, with the latter incorporating the fine arts, photography, and film.

She is author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and co-editor of Aalto and America (Yale University Press, 2012).  She is currently preparing Skyscrapers for publication with the Library of Congress and W. W Norton & Company.  She is also the author of several essays in books, among them The American Skyscraper: Cultural Histories (Cambridge University Press, 2005), The Landscape of Modernity (John Hopkins University Press, 1997), and The Education of the Architect (MIT Press, 1997).

Prior to her appointment in the School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation, she taught as a visiting assistant professor at Cornell University and since then, has held visiting professorships at Wellesley College and MIT.  She is currently serving as Secretary, Society of Architectural Historians and is past President, New England Chapter, SAH.  She is a member of the University’s Honors Advisory Council. 

List of Publications