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Biography

Jordan Kauffman is an architectural historian whose work spans from the Renaissance to the late twentieth century. His primary interests are in architectural representations, architecture’s relation to the art market, in the interrelation between architecture and art, in architecture and media, in architectural exhibitions, and in aesthetics.

His book, Drawing on Architecture: The Object of Lines, 1970-1990 was published by the MIT Press in 2018. It uses extensive interviews and archival research to trace the networks of individuals, collectors, galleries, and museums, and the development of a market for architectural drawings that influenced the perceptions of architectural representations during the 1970s and 1980s. Exhibitions were mounted that emphasized drawings in and of themselves, collectors and galleries promoted architectural drawings as autonomous art objects, and architectural museums were founded that understood architectural representations as constitutive parts of architectural and cultural history. The interrelation of these and the networks that arose therein forced a reconsideration of architectural drawings specifically and architecture more generally.

His writings have also been published in a number of venues, such as the Journal for the Society of Architectural Historian, the Journal of Architectural EducationArchitecture Theory ReviewLogLivraisons d’histoire de l’architectureBuilding Design, and Drawing Matter, among others.

Kauffman is also a founding, active member of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, committed to rethinking how to teach architectural history survey courses. In this capacity he has developed courses in the history of the Americas and on architectural representations.

His research has been funded by grants and fellowships from the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, the Morgan Library & Museum, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.

He previously worked as the managing editor of the architectural journal Log, worked in the press and marketing department of Zaha Hadid Architects, and spent a number of years working in architecture firms as a designer and project manager.

Kauffman holds a PhD in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received an MA from the Architectural Association, London in Histories and Theories of Architecture, and a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Architectural Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Education/Academic qualification

History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Award Date: 1 Feb 2015

Histories and Theories of Architecture, MA, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London

Award Date: 1 Oct 2004

Architectural Studies, BA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Award Date: 5 May 2002

Research area keywords

  • Representation
  • Drawings
  • Models
  • Global Architectural History
  • Aesthetics
  • Renaissance
  • Modernity
  • Postmodernity
  • Art Markets
  • Exhibitions

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Research Output

Developing Ambiguity: Idea, Imagination and Michelangelo’s Sketches for the Porta Pia

Kauffman, J., 2019, In : Architecture and Culture. 7, 2, p. 249-270 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

How architectural drawings changed what we think about architecture

Kauffman, J., 2019, Building Design 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticleResearch

“Form and Use” and Environments for an Open Society: MIT, ca. 1969

Kauffman, J., 2019, In : Architectural Theory Review. 23, 1, 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Drawing on Architecture: The object of lines, 1970–1990

Kauffman, J., 2018, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: The MIT Press. 378 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Michael Graves: Fargo-Moorehead Cultural Bridge

Kauffman, J., 2018, Somerset, UK : Drawing Matter.

Research output: Other contributionResearch

Activities

  • 7 Contribution to conference
  • 5 Peer review responsibility
  • 4 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians

Jordan Kauffman (Speaker)

24 Apr 201928 Apr 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

The Values of Architecture and the Economy of Culture

Jordan Kauffman (Speaker)

12 Jun 201914 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Frascari Symposium IV

Jordan Kauffman (Speaker)

27 Jun 201929 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Architecture and Culture (Journal)

Jordan Kauffman (Peer reviewer)

2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

International Meeting of the European Architectural History Network

Jordan Kauffman (Speaker)

13 Jun 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

LOG: 'Observations on Systems'

Jordan Kauffman

1/06/06

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Other

LOG: 'To LEED or Not to Lead'

Jordan Kauffman

1/06/06

1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview