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Michael Osman

Michael Osman is an Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) department for Architecture and Urban Design in the United States, and Director of the Critical Studies and M.A./PhD programmes. He completed his PhD in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and received a Master of Architecture (M.Arch. I) from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) from the University of Chicago.

Michael Osman’s research in architectural history focuses on the modern period with a particular emphasis on the buildings and cities of the United States. His book, Modernism’s Visible Hand: Architecture and Regulation in America (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), focuses on the history of environmental and economic systems of regulation in the United States. He is currently co-editing Writing By Design (with Daniel Abramson and Zeynep Çelik Alexander), a volume on the selection of evidence and plotting of narratives in contemporary architectural history.

A founding member of Aggregate: The Architectural History Collaborative, a platform for exploring new methods in architectural history, Michael Osman is currently also Chair of its Board of Directors. His work has been supported by fellowships from the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Fulbright U.S. Student Programme.

During his visit, Professor Osman will give a public lecture entitled “Modernism’s Visible Hand” (11 February 2020). He is hosted by Dr. Tijana Vujosevic, 2018 USIAS Fellow and part of the Laboratory Image, City, Environment (LIVE) of the University of Strasbourg, with whom he is currently collaborating on a book “Ecology: The Politics of Time” (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming).

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