ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

SANDY ISENSTADT

Sandy Isenstadt teaches the history of modern architecture at the University of Delaware. His writings span post-World War II reformulations of modernism by émigré architects such as Richard Neutra, Josep Lluis Sert, and Henry Klumb, visual polemics in the urban proposals of Leon Krier and Rem Koolhaas, as well as histories of American refrigerators, picture windows, landscape views, and real estate appraisal. His book The Modern American House, winner of the 2009 Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, describes the visual enhancement of spaciousness in the architectural, interior, and landscape design of American domestic architecture. Modernism and the Middle East: Politics of the Built Environment, a series of essays co-edited by Isenstadt with Kishwar Rizvi and published in 2008, is the first book-length treatment of modern architecture in the Middle East. Currently, Isenstadt is working on a book treating the novel luminous spaces introduced by electric lighting in the early twentieth century. Isenstadt’s work has been recognized with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, D.C., and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. Before teaching about it, Isenstadt practiced architecture in Cambridge, Massachusetts.