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Joanna Merwood-Salisbury



Joanna Merwood-Salisbury is Director of Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor at the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons The New School for Design [CHECK IF CURRENT]. An architect by training, she received her Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from Princeton University in 2003. Prior to coming to Parsons, she taught at Bard College, the University of Illinois in Chicago, and at Barnard and Columbia Colleges. Her scholarly foci are nineteenth-century architecture and urbanism in the United States, along with transformations to interior design pedagogy and practice starting in the mid-twentieth-century. The University of Chicago Press published her book, Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City, in May 2009. She has published articles and reviews in many scholarly journals including AA Files, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, Technology and Culture, Design Issues, Grey Room, and Lotus International. She serves as faculty advisor to Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons, 1955–1985, which initiated with her research into the history of interior design teaching at Parsons. Along with Kent Kleinman and Lois Weinthal, she is a co-editor of After Taste, a forthcoming book aimed at expanding the definition of interior design as a practice and as an academic discipline."

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