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profile-picJulia Walker

Assistant Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office: Fine Arts 309
Phone: (607) 777-3810
Specialization: Modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism; architectural theory; social and political memory in postwar German visual culture.

Julia Walker received her MA and PhD in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Walker's research addresses the vexed relationship between architecture and memory in postwar Europe, focusing particularly on Berlin's rapid transformation after the fall of the Wall. Her dissertation, "Capital Building: Anxiety and Memory in Berlin's Government District," revealed the nostalgic romanticism underlying the apparently hyper-modern reconstruction of the German capital's government area. Her current book project, titled Allegories of the Avant-Garde, builds on this work while broadening to examine the ways in which Berlin's post-Wall building boom resurrects and reformulates architectural forms and theories from the early 1900s. Her work has been supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst and the Society of Architectural Historians.


Allegories of the Avant-Garde. Book manuscript (in progress).

"Islands-in-the-City: Berlin's Urban Fragments," The Journal of Architecture, 2015.

"The View from Above: Reading Reunified Berlin, in The Design of Frontiers: Control and Ambiguity, edited by Carolyn Loeb and Andreas Luescher (Ashgate Press, 2015).

"Plant No. 1: The 'Birthplace of IBM' 100 Years Later," DOCOMOMO Newsletter, Modernism in the Rust Belt (October 2014).

"Zaha Hadid: Form in Motion." International Journal of Islamic Architecture 1, issue 2 (March 2013): 221-4.

"Mehr Licht? The Reichstag's Perpetual Unveiling." Article manuscript.

"Encountering the Uncanny in Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum." In Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration, Convergence, edited by Jaynie Anderson, 1062-1065. Melbourne, Australia: Melbourne University Press, 2009.

"Louis H. Sullivan and his Prairie School Legacy: The Midwestern Banks and other Prairie School Masterpieces." Newsletter of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 (October 2006): 3-6.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Lecture Courses

Introduction to Architecture (100 level)

American Architecture (200 level)

Modern Architecture and Urbanism (200 level)

Architectural Theory since 1960 (300 level)

Architecture and Corporeality (300 level)

Contemporary Architecture (300 level)

Graduate and Undergraduate Seminars

Theories of Architecture

Architectural Romanticisms

Graffiti: Text and Taboo

Picturing the City: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Berlin since 1750

Building the "American Dream"

Architecture and Deconstruction


Last Updated: 9/12/17