Department Chairs:
Art History: John Harwood
Studio Art: Pipo Nguyen-duy

Administrative Assistant:
Jamie Jacobs

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8181
Fax: (440) 775-8969

Art Building 2, Room 166
91 N. Main St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

John Harwood

John Harwood

Department Co-chair  
Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Architectural History

Contact Information


Allen Art Building, '37 Addition, Room 125
(440) 775-8992

John Harwood

John Harwood

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Brown University, 1999
  • Master of Arts, Columbia University, 2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 2006

John Harwood's research centers on the architectural articulation of science, technology, and corporate organization.  His articles have appeared inGrey RoomAA Files, and  He is co-author, with Janet Parks, of The Troubled Search: The Work of Max Abramovitz (2004), and co-author with Jesse LeCavalier and Guillaume Mojon of This - Will This (2009).  His essays also appear in exhibition catalogues for the Venice Biennale Architecture 2008, the Victoria and Albert Museum's exhibition Cold War Modern: Design 1945-1970 (2008) and several forthcoming edited volumes.  His book The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1976 will be published in November 2011 by The University of Minnesota Press.

He has been a visiting scholar or fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, at the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Studies, and at the Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism and History at the University of Queensland; and he has received the B. Wade and Jane B. White Fellowship and the Class of 1957 Distinguished Professor Award from Oberlin College.