Barry Bergdoll

Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology

19th- and 20th-century Architectural History, Theory and Criticism
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1986

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-5425
Office: 918 Schermerhorn Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 4-5 or by appointment


Professor Bergdoll's broad interests center on modern architectural history, with a particular emphasis on France and Germany between 1750 and 1900. Trained in art history rather than architecture, he has an approach most closely allied with cultural history and the history and sociology of professions. He has studied questions of the politics of cultural representation in architecture, the larger ideological content of nineteenth-century architectural theory, and the changing role of both architecture as a profession and architecture as a cultural product in nineteenth-century European society.

Bergdoll's interests also include the intersections of architecture and new technologies—and eventually cultures—of representations in the modern period, especially photography and film. He has worked on several film productions about architecture, in addition to curating a number of architectural exhibitions concerned with the history and problematics of exhibiting architecture, and the history of museological practices in relationship to architecture.

Web Sites

20th Century Architecture and City Planning

MoMA: Mies in Berlin

Selected Publications

The Eiffel Tower (Introduction), 2002.

Mies in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art, 2001.

European Architecture 1750–1890, Oxford University Press, 2000.

Léon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry, MIT Press, 1994.