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DR Annmarie Brennan


  • 20th and 21st century Architecture and Design
  • Architectural History
  • Architectural Theory and Design
  • Design History and Theory
  • Italian Modern Design



  • AnnMarie Brennan is a Senior Lecturer of Design Theory in the Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning at the University of Melbourne. She teaches architectural history, theory and design studio subjects and supervises PhD candidates. Her research focuses on the history and theory of 20th and 21st century design and architecture, with focused interests into the topics of media studies and architecture, the political economy of design, machine culture, design utopias and fictions, the history of systems theory in design, and the history of computing in design. Some of her publications include the Yale School of Architecture journal Perspecta 32: Resurfacing Modernism(MIT Press), and the book Cold War Hothouses: from Cockpit to Playboy (Princeton Architectural Press), co-edited with Beatriz Colomina and Jeannie Kim. She has published articles in periodicals such as AA Files, Interstices, Journal of Design History, Candide: the Journal of Architectural Knowledge, and Inflection: the Journal of the Melbourne School of Design. She currently is an editorial board member for the Journal of Architectural Education and has served as an Associate Editor for the journal. She is also the academic advisor for Inflection: Journal of the Melbourne School of Design. In addition, she has curated and organized many exhibitions and conferences on design topics and figures. These include the 33rd Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand: Gold, 2016, "The Reluctant Master: a symposium to honour the life and work of Romalo Giurgola," at the Melbourne School of Design, "Discipline Building: a brief history of the PhD in Architecture," at the Princeton School of Architecture," "Anna Castelli Ferrieri: Architecture and Design," at the Chicago Anthenaeum, and "Celebrating an Idea: Fifty Years of Perspecta," and "Kaufland: Retail Space in the Former Eastern Germany," both at Yale University.  Ms. Brennan has received her professional a   


Member of

  • ACSA. Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture 2011 -
  • SAHANZ. Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand 2011 -


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

    • Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Grant for the conference, "Discipline Building: A Short History of the Architecture Ph.D. Program." 2004
    • (Co-recipient) Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Grant for the book, "Cold War Hothouses: Inventing Postwar Culture from Cockpit to Playboy," 2003
    • (Co-recipient) Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Grant for the publication, "Perspecta 32: Resurfacing Modernism," 2000 


Education and training

  • PHD, Princeton University 2011
  • MASTER OF ARTS, Princeton University 2003
  • MASTER ENVIRO DESIGN, Yale University 2001
  • BA OF ARCHITECTURE, The Catholic University of America 1994
  • BA ARTS & SCI, The Catholic University of America 1993

Awards and honors

  • Woodrow Wilson Scholar Fellowship, Princeton University, 2005
  • Citation of Special Recognition, Carter Manny Award, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, 2005
  • Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship in Architecture, Princeton University School of Architecture, 2004
  • Richard D. Cramer Fellowship, Princeton University School of Architecture, 2003
  • Alpha Rho Chi Medal, Yale University School of Architecture, 2001
  • Parenjpe Memorial Award, Catholic University of America, 1994
  • Travel Scholarship, Fondazione FAAR - Centro Studi CSAR, 1993


Available for supervision

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