Zeynep Çelik Alexander

Associate Professor

Architectural History since 1800
PhD., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-7982
Office: 903 Schermerhorn Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4


Zeynep Çelik Alexander’s work focuses on the history and theory of architecture since the Enlightenment. After being trained as an architect at Istanbul Technical University and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, she received her Ph.D. from the History, Theory, and Criticism Program at M.I.T. Çelik Alexander is the author of Kinaesthetic Knowing: Aesthetics, Epistemology, Modern Design (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2017), a history of an alternative mode of knowing—non-propositional, non-linguistic, and based on the movements of the body—that gained saliency in the nineteenth century and informed the epistemological logic of modernism in the German-speaking world. She co-edited, with John J. May (Harvard University), Design Technics: Archaeologies of Architectural Practice (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020), a collection of essays that examines the histories of techniques that have come to dominate contemporary design disciplines. She has also published in numerous venues, including Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, New German Critique, Harvard Design MagazineLoge-fluxGrey Room, Journal of Design History, and Centropa as well as several edited volumes. Çelik Alexander is a member of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, an editor of the journal Grey Room, and a co-director of Columbia’s Center for Comparative Media. She is currently at work on new book that explores nineteenth-century architectures of bureaucracy from the Kew Herbarium to the Larkin Administration Building.