John Harwood

Associate Professor

A.B. Architectural Studies (Honors), Brown University, 1999
M.A. Architectural History, Columbia University, 2000
Ph.D. Architectural History, Columbia University, 2006

John Harwood is an architectural historian working on the intersections between architecture, design, science, technology, and business.  He is the author of The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1976 (University of Minnesota Press, 2011), which received the 2014 Alice Davis Hitchcock Award from the Society of Architectural Historians as "the most distinguished work of scholarship in the history of architecture published by a North American scholar."  He is also the author, with Janet Parks, of The Troubled Search: The Work of Max Abramovitz (Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University / The Studley Press, 2004); and with Jesse LeCavalier and Guillaume Mojon, of This Will - This (Standpunkte, 2009).

Harwood's articles and reviews have appeared in JSAH, Grey Room, AA Files, Perspecta, Design Issues, Design and Culture, media-N,, Artforum, Art in America, Art Papers, SOM Journal, The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, and PIN-UP, and in edited volumes and exhibition catalogues. He is an editor of Grey Room, a peer-reviewed journal of art, architecture, media, and politics published by MIT Press (, and a founding member of the architectural history collaborative Aggregate ( He is currently at work on two book-length studies: Architectures of Mass Media: Telephony, Radio, Television; and Corporate Architecture, 17th-20th Centuries.

Harwood has taught architectural history and theory at Oberlin College, Columbia University, and Princeton University; has held fellowships at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) and University of Queensland, and regularly serves as a juror at reviews at architectural schools and the Yale University School of Art. That said, he is proudest of the fact that he is part of a family that includes Jessica Green, Hannah Harwood-Green, and Milo Harwood-Green.