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Jordan Kauffman

Jordan Kauffman is an architectural historian whose work spans from the Renaissance to the late twentieth century. His present teaching and research focuses particularly on modern architecture and drawings and representations.

His current book project, titled Drawing on Architecture: The Object of Lines, 1970-1990 (forthcoming, MIT Press, 2018) uses extensive interviews and archival research to trace the individuals, collectors, galleries, and museums, and the development of a market for architectural drawings that influenced the perceptions of architectural representations during the 1970s and 1980s. The interrelation of these and the networks that arose therein forced a reconsideration of architectural drawings specifically and architecture generally. Exhibitions were mounted that emphasized drawings in and of themselves, collectors and galleries promoted architectural drawings as autonomous art objects, and architectural museums were founded that understood architectural representations as constitutive parts of architectural and cultural history. During this period, the role and perception of drawings fell between and among aesthetic, artistic, architectural, commercial, conceptual, and historical understandings. During is stay at the ATCH Kauffman will expand on this project.

Kauffman has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Architectural Association, London, Tufts University, and Brandeis University. He has also worked as the managing editor of the architectural journal Log, worked in the press and marketing department of Zaha Hadid Architects, and spent a number of years working in architecture firms as a designer and project manager.

Recent publications include: “Architecture in the Art Market: The Max Protetch Gallery,” Journal of Architectural Education 70, No. 2 (2016) and “Dessiner avec l’ordinateur dans les années soixante: le design et ses pratiques à l’aube de l’ère numérique,” Livraisons d’histoire de l’architecture No. 32 (2017).

Jordan Kauffman will be visiting ATCH from 15 June - 13 July 2017 

Year Visited: 2017