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Barry Bergdoll

United States


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Barry Bergdoll is Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, the Museum of Modern Art (NY). In 1985 he joined the faculty of the Department of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University and was elected Chairman of the Department in 2004. He has taught nineteenth and twentieth century architectural history at Columbia. He has also held numerous guest professorships, notably at Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He has been a fellow at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art in Paris and at the American Academy in Berlin.

During his career, Barry Bergdoll has organized, curated, and consulted on many landmark exhibitions in the field of nineteenth and twentieth century architecture, including Mies in Berlin at MoMA (2001) with Terence Riley; Breuer in Minnesota at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2002); Les Vaudoyer: Une Dynastie d’Architectes at the Musée D’Orsay, Paris (1991); and Ste. Geneviève/Pantheon; Symbol of Revolutions at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (1989).

Among the myriad books that Barry Bergdoll has written or contributed to are: Mies in Berlin (2001), winner of the Philip Johnson Award of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2002; Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia (1994), winner of the AIA Book Award in 1995; European Architecture 1750–1890 (2000), in the Oxford History of Art series; Home delivery: fabricating the modern dwelling (with Peter Christensen, 2008).

Barry Bergdoll serves as the President of the Society of Architectural Historians, is a member of the Architecture and Design Committee of The Museum of Modern Art, and is on the editorial board of Architectura (Berlin and Munich).

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