I am interested in how modern buildings and cities relate to the design methods and intellectual frameworks of architecture as a discipline. Much of my scholarly work draws on media theory to explore how architectural ideas are represented and disseminated, and how buildings themselves facilitate (or frustrate) communication. This interest is reflected in my book Echo’s Chambers: Architecture and the Idea of Acoustic Space (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021), the first major English-language study to explore how acoustic experimentation has been entangled with the history of architectural form, type, and visualization.
Currently, my main research project looks at experimental open-plan offices from the 1960s in relation to debates about communication, teamwork, and the knowledge economy. For a parallel line of research, I am studying how claims made in the 1970s and 80s for architectural autonomy reflected the liberal values of procedural rigour and skepticism toward utopia. Another of my current interests is expressions of the sacred in modern and contemporary architecture.