Dr Jordan Kauffman
Jordan Kauffman is an architectural historian whose work spans from the Renaissance to the late twentieth century. His primary interests are in architectural representations, architecture’s relation to the art market, in the interrelation between architecture and art, in architecture and media, in architectural exhibitions, and in aesthetics.
His book, Drawing on Architecture: The Object of Lines, 1970-1990 was published by the MIT Press in 2018. It uses extensive interviews and archival research to trace the networks of 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. 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. The interrelation of these and the networks that arose therein forced a reconsideration of architectural drawings specifically and architecture more generally.
His writings have also been published in a number of venues, such as the Journal for the Society of Architectural Historian, the Journal of Architectural Education, Architecture Theory Review, Log, Livraisons d’histoire de l’architecture, Building Design, and Drawing Matter, among others.
Kauffman is also a founding, active member of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, committed to rethinking how to teach architectural history survey courses. In this capacity he has developed courses in the history of the Americas and on architectural representations.
His research has been funded by grants and fellowships from the School of Advanced Study at the University of London, the Morgan Library & Museum, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.
He previously 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.
Kauffman holds a PhD in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received an MA from the Architectural Association, London in Histories and Theories of Architecture, and a BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Architectural Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.