Dr AnnMarie Brennan

Senior Lecturer in Design Theory


AnnMarie Brennan is a Senior Lecturer of Design Theory in the Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning. She teaches architectural theory as well as studio design subjects. Her research focuses on the history and theory of 20th and 21st century design and architecture. Specific research interests include, but are not limited to: Architectural utopian studies, branding, the political economy of design, the study of surface, machine culture, Italian machines, reverse engineering, media studies, material culture, the history of labor, business and management, history of technology, the history of systems, design journals, open works, conspiracy theories, publicity, total design, and visual communication in architecture, especially the use of perspective.

AnnMarie has received her professional architectural degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. (B.A.1993, B.Arch 1994) and continued her graduate education at Yale University School of Architecture with a Masters of Environmental Design (M.E.D. 2001). At Princeton University she earned a Master of Art in 2003 and her Ph.D. in 2011. She is currently transforming her dissertation on the industrial utopia of the typewriter businessman Adriano Olivetti into a book manuscript for publication.

Some of AnnMarie’s publications include the Yale School of Architecture journal Perspecta 32: Resurfacing Modernism (MIT Press), co-editor with Brendan Moran and the book Cold War Hothouses: from Cockpit to Playboy (Princeton Architectural Press), co-editor with Beatriz Colomina and Jeannie Kim. In addition she has organized many exhibitions on architects and architectural culture such as: "The Reluctant Master. A symposium to honor the life and work of Romaldo Giurgola“ at the University of Melbourne, "Anna Castelli Ferrieri, Architecture and Design,” at the Chicago Anthenaeum, “Celebrating an Idea: Fifty Years of Perspecta,” at the Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, and “Kaufland: Retail Space in the Former Eastern Germany” at the Yale School of Architecture. She has previously taught at Yale University, Princeton University, and the Pratt Institute.



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Architectural and Urban Past Design and Creative Research

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