Dietrich Neumann

Director, Center for Public HumanitiesProfessor, Department of the History of Art and Architecture Director of Graduate Studies for Public Humanities M.A. program
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Dietrich Neumann is a professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at Brown. His publications and classes deal with aspects of the global built environment from the 19th Century to the present, and in particular with questions of architecture, politics and memory. Before coming to the JNBC, he served as Director of Urban Studies for six years, founded his department’s Architecture Concentration and chaired the University’s Public Art Working Group. He has held fellowships at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montréal, the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, at the American Academies in Berlin and Rome. For his scholarly work he won the Founder’s and Philip Johnson Awards from the Society of Architectural Historians. From 2008-2010 he served as president of the Society of Architectural Historians and was named a Fellow of the Society in 2018. He was the first Vincent Scully Visiting Professor at Yale University and is a member of the Committee on Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. His Public Humanities projects (often developed with students in his classes) include smart phone Apps for the architecture of Brown’s Campus (‘FACADES’) as well as campus architecture at IIT and MIT, the organization of 36 Urban Studies Bus Tours of Providence, maps of the Jewelry District, Murals and Graffiti Art in Providence. At the Center his focus has been on revising the MA program towards compatibility with today’s changed landscape and on making the house a welcoming place for encounters and discussions among artists, architects, writers and thinkers and the broader publics of Providence and Brown.