Joseph Clarke

Assistant Professor - History of Art


Fields of Study


My research is concerned with systems of architectural thought and how they relate to buildings as specific constructions. Recently I have been interested in how the ephemerality and intangibility of sound challenged the spatial imagination of modern architects. I am writing a book on European acoustic research in the 18th and 19th centuries, entitled Echo’s Chambers: Architecture and the Idea of Acoustic Space (University of Pittsburgh Press). I am also studying efforts in the 1960s to establish differentiated spatial structures within open-plan offices.

Trained as a designer, I previously practiced architecture at Eisenman Architects and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. As an art historian, I teach courses on architecture, urbanism, and culture in a worldwide context, focusing on the period from the 18th century to the present.

Research Areas

History of modern architecture, history of urban design, sound studies