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Julia Walker

Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies; Associate Director

Art History; The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH)


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.


  • BA, Trinity University
  • MA, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • Modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism
  • architectural theory
  • social and political memory in postwar German visual culture