Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator


Adjunct Professor of the History of Urban Form
Graduate School of Design

Eve Blau is Adjunct Professor of the History of Urban Form in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Previously she served as Director of the Degree Programs in Architecture. She teaches courses on the history and theory of modernity, urbanism, and architecture, including Urban Form: History and Theory; Urban Design Proseminar; PhD Proseminar in History, Theory and Urban Planning; Scale: City, Object, Field; and in the core history sequence: Buildings Texts, and Contexts.

Blau’s research engages a number of issues in the history and theory of modern architecture, urbanism, and modes of representation. Her recent book Project Zagreb: Transition as Condition, Strategy, Practice (2007), develops new methodologies for understanding the dynamics of transition and their implications for architecture and the city today. The Architecture of Red Vienna, 1919-1934 (1999), examines the interrelation of political program, architectural practice, and urban form in interwar Vienna, and how political meaning is manifested in architecture. Two other books engage urban issues, Shaping the Great City: Modern Architecture in Central Europe 1890-1937 (1999) looks at the city and urban architecture in the context of early 20th century Central European political and social transformations, Urban Form: Städtebau in der postfordistischen Gesellschaft (2003) looks at early 21st century Post-Fordist economic formations. Blau’s publications on architecture and modes of representational discourse include Architecture and Cubism (1997), Architecture and Its Image (1989), and Ruskinian Gothic (1982). She edited Architectural History 1999/2000: A Special Issue of JSAH (1999), and is the author of Architecture or Revolution: Charles Moore and Yale in the late 1960s(2001) as well as numerous articles on 19th and 20th century architecture, the city, photography, transparency and other issues in architectural representation. Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians from 1997-2000, Blau was Curator of Exhibitions and Publications at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 1984-1990, and Adjunct Curator from 1991-2001. She has received a number of awards for her publications, including the Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award, the Austrian Cultural Institute Book Prize, the Spiro Kostof Book Award, the Philip Johnson Exhibition Catalogue Award, and the AIA Citation for Excellence in International Architectural Book Publishing. Prof. Blau was also recently awarded the Victor Adler State Prize of the Republic of Austria (Victor Adler-Staatspreis für Geschichte sozialer Bewegungen 2015) by the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy.

Blau received a BA from the University of York, England, and an MA and a PhD from Yale University.