Prof. John V. MaciuikaJohn V. Maciuika

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Location: VC 7-235


John V. Maciuika, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, History of Architecture (1998)
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, European History (1987).

John Maciuika specializes in the history of architecture and design from the nineteenth century to the present. He teaches art history survey courses as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of architecture, urbanism, design, and the applied arts at both Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center Ph.D. program in art history. His teaching and research emphasize such issues as architecture and new media in the twenty-first century; the shifting of historical narratives of the “modern” over time in architecture and design; the sociology of the art, architectural, and design professions; the cultural politics of architecture in particular national settings, especially (to date) in Germany, Austria, the former Soviet Union, and the Baltic States; and the impact that broader social, economic, and cultural processes have on the design fields. He holds a B.A. with honors in European History from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Maciuika’s 2005 book, Before the Bauhaus: Architecture, Politics, and the German State, 1890-1919, was published by Cambridge University Press; Before the Bauhaus is currently being translated into Japanese by the Sangen-Sha academic press of Tokyo. A second book entitled Schlossplatz: Architecture and Politics in Berlin’s Castle Square is currently underway, as is an edited collection entitled Global Forces, Local Modernities: Modern Architecture in Cultural Context.

Professor Maciuika is editor for architecture and urbanism at the website “Hypermedia Berlin,” a multimedia research platform (, and is book review editor for modern architecture for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. He has lectured on his research at numerous locations in the United States and abroad; in 2008 he lectured at the School of Architecture of the Izmir University of Economics in Izmir, Turkey, and at the Conference of the International Sociological Association in Barcelona, Spain.

Professor Maciuika is currently serving as the alumni president of the American Friends of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; president of the New York Metropolitan Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians; and as a book review editor for modern architecture for the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. In 2009-2010 Professor Maciuika is scheduled to deliver guest lectures in Berlin, Germany, and Krakow, Poland.

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