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Robin Schuldenfrei

Dr

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20042016

Personal profile

Overview

Robin Schuldenfrei’s research and teaching focuses on the history and theory of European and American modern architecture and design. She received her doctorate from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and previously held positions at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr Schuldenfrei is interested in discursive questions—theoretical and practical—of how discourses and practices of design are shaped by a given period’s own cultural and theoretical critique of its media and objects. Her work asks broader questions about how architecture and its objects relate to other products of society’s design: to works of art, to the production of images, to media and technology. She focusses on objects’ subjectivity, materiality, political agency, and social impact and meaning, seeing them as deeply embedded in their period, culture, and intellectual/theoretical climate. To that end, she utilizes both objects and architecture as cultural indices of society at large in order to illustrate the conscious and unconscious perspectives and values of the society that generated them.

She has lectured widely, including: Columbia University, ETH Zürich, Harvard University, MIT, Royal College of Art, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, University of Edinburgh, University of Hong Kong, and Yale.

Research interests

  • European 20th-century Architecture
  • Interior Architecture and Design
  • German Modernism
  • Architectural Theory
  • History and Theory of the Object

Fellowships, Awards and Honours

2008 College of Architecture and the Arts Research Prize, UIC, for research in Germany.

2007-2008 Graduate Society Fellowship, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.

2007 Citation of Special Recognition, Carter Manny Award program, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

2007 Center for European Studies, Harvard University, Graduate Summer Travel Grant.

2007 SAH Junior Annual Meeting Fellowship to present a paper at the Society of Architectural Historians' 60th Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, April 11-15, 2007.

2006-2007 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Graduate Scholarship, for dissertation research, held at the Technische Universität Berlin (granted 2005, deferred). 

2005-2006 Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University, for dissertation research in Berlin. 

2005 ADM-HEA Student Bursary, The Art Design Media Subject Centre, Brighton, England, to present a paper at The Annual Design History Conference, London, England.

2005 “Design~Recline” exhibition awarded second place in the “Best Architecture or Design Show” category by New England AICA (International Associations of Art Critics) for 2004.

2005 “Design~Recline” exhibition publication awarded second place in the NEMA (New England Museum Association) design competition.

2004 Pre-Dissertation Prospectus grant, Graduate Society Fellowship, Harvard University.

2003 Graduate Student Council, Harvard University, Summer Research Grant for dissertation research in Vienna.

2003 Honorable Mention, Effective or Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching, “19th Century Architecture and Urbanism,” Northeastern University.

2002 Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, “Landmarks of World Architecture,” Harvard University.

2002-2003 Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University.

2002 Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Language Fellowship to attend the Goethe Institute, Berlin.

2002 Jens Aubrey Westengard Scholarship, Harvard University, for summer research travel.

2002 John Coolidge Student Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians, for summer research travel.

2001-2005 Graduate Fellowship, Harvard University.

2001 Kress Foundation Scholarship to attend the Attingham Summer School in England, Summer 2001.

1998-2000 Tuition Grant, Williams College.

1995 Phi Beta Kappa.

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • Association of Art Historians
  • College Art Association
  • Historians of German & Central European Art & Architecture
  • Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte.

Editorial and Advisory Boards

  • Journals: Drawing Matter
 

Teaching

  • BA History of Art Year 1: 19th – and 20th-century Architecture and Design
  • BA History of Art Year 2: The Modern Interior
  • BA History of Art Year 2: Frameworks for Interpretation
  • MA History of Art: Experiencing Modernism: Utopia, Functionalism, and Times of Turmoil

Education / Academic qualification

Brown University

… → 1995

Harvard University

… → Jun 2008

Harvard University

… → 2003

Williams College

… → 2003

External positions

Humboldt University, Berlin

20092014

University of Illinois at Chicago

20072009

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Research Output 2004 2016

  • 2 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 8 Chapter
  • 3 Book
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

'Der Luxus der Objektivität: Schaufenster um 1914'

Schuldenfrei, R. 2016 Kunst und Architektur an der Epochenschwelle: Das Hauptgebäude der Universität Zürich von 1914. Stierli , M. (ed.). Basel: Schwabe Verlag, p. 153-96

Research output: ResearchChapter

Open Access

'Sober Ornament: Materiality and Luxury in German Modern Architecture and Design'

Schuldenfrei, R. 2016 Histories of Ornament: From Global to Local. Necipoğlu, G. & Payne, A. (eds.). Princeton: Princeton University Press, p. 334-347

Research output: ResearchChapter

Open Access

'Subjektive Objekte: Geschichtlichkeit und das Design von Konstantin Grcic'

Schuldenfrei, R. 2016 Konstantin Grcic: Abbildungen. Meschede , F. (ed.). Zurich: Lars Müller, p. 294-344

Research output: ResearchChapter

'Contra the Großstadt: Mies van der Rohe’s Autonomy and Interiority'

Schuldenfrei, R. 2015 Interiors and Interiority. Lajer-Burcharth , E. & Soentgen , B. (eds.). Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 279-94

Research output: ResearchChapter

'Existenzminimum as Gesamtkunstwerk'

Schuldenfrei, R. 2015 The Death and Life of the Total Work of Art: Henry van de Velde and the Legacy of a Modern Concept. Ruhl, C., Dähne, C. & Hoekstra, R. (eds.). Berlin: Jovis Verlag, p. 63-78

Research output: ResearchChapter