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Independent Scholar
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Library Architecture, Public Libraries, Library History, Citizen Participation, Modern German Architecture, Reception of Ancient Egyptian Architecture
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About Me

I’m an architectural historian specializing in public library architecture and the reception of Ancient Egyptian architecture in the 20th century. My first book, Altägyptische Architektur und ihre Rezeption in der Moderne (2018), examines the perception of pharaonic architecture in Germany and discourse surrounding it among modern architects. I hold a PhD in Art History and a MA (Magister Artium) in Art History and Egyptology from the Freie Universität Berlin. I have taught architectural history and art history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Technische Universität Darmstadt and the Freie Universität Berlin. I’m currently working on a book about public library architecture and citizen engagement in trans-Atlantic comparison (1880s–2010s). Through seven case studies, this project examines the question of what constitutes the characteristics of the public library and how expansions or new constructions relate to existing or past architecture. Further, the project scrutinizes urban society’s relationship with library buildings.

Conference Library Architecture in North America, March 2020

Recent Publications

Senses of Place: An Architectural Historian Before and During COVID-19, in: Libraries: Culture, History, and Society, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2021, p. 254-260.

Dealing with the Socialist Past. The Case of the Kulturpalast in Dresden, Germany“, PLATFORM, May 24, 2021.

Public Libraries, Public Input: How Citizens’ Comments Can Inform Public Library Architecture“, PLATFORM, February 22, 2021.

Altägyptische Architektur und ihre Rezeption in der Moderne. Architektur in Deutschland 1900-1933, Berlin 2018.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Germany, United States
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Libraries & Archives, Urban History