Andrew Shanken

professor of architecture

Andy Shanken is an architectural and urban historian with an interest in how cultural constructions of memory shape the built environment (and vice versa). He also works on the unbuilt and paper architecture, visionary architecture and world’s fairs, themed landscapes, heritage and conservation planning; traditions of representation in 20th century architecture and planning; keywords in architecture and American culture; and consumer culture and architecture. He is interested in historiography, particularly of architectural history, and the intersection of popular culture and architecture. Since this is too much for one person, he is looking to clone himself. Professor Shanken’s first book, "194X," examines how American architects and planners anticipated the world after the war. Broadly speaking, it is a cultural history of American architecture, planning and consumer culture in this formative and strained moment for the architectural profession. His second book, "Into the Void Pacific," looks at the architecture of the neglected 1939 San Francisco world’s fair. He is working on two books projects: "Off the Map," which is a history of imagery in American urban planning, and "The Everyday Life of Memorials," a cultural geography of memorials.
 He teaches courses on most of these topics, primarily in the Department of Architecture but also in American Studies. He is also faculty curator of the Environmental Design Archives.