Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design
Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation/Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
Ph.D., Columbia University
Master of Environmental Design, Yale University
Office: Architecture Building, S-110
Daniel A. Barber is an architectural historian researching the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture over the 20th century. Daniel’s research and teaching integrate narratives and methods from a range of disciplines in order to offer novel perspectives on the recent past, and the relevance of this past to contemporary challenges. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. He has held fellowships at the Princeton Environmental Institute, the Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Courtauld Institute, and the Sydney Environmental Institute.
His first book A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War was published in 2016 by Oxford University Press. A second book Climatic Effects: Architecture, Media, and the Great Acceleration, will be published by Princeton University Press in 2018. He recently edited an issue of The Journal of Architecture on Architectural History in the Anthropocene, and is the editor of an on-going series of articles on the E-Flux website under the theme Images of Accumulation. He is co-editing the volume Architecture, Environment, Territory: Essential Texts since 1850 which brings together primary texts, written by architects and others, in the history of architectural interest in environmental issues. Daniel has published in numerous journals, including Grey Room, Public Culture, and Technology and Culture, among others; and in edited volumes, including Architecture/Machine (eth verlag), A Second Modernism (MIT Press), Architecture and Energy: Performance and Style (Routledge), Embodied Energy and Design (Columbia GSAPP/ Lars Muller), Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imagination (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City), and Agenda: The US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (Lars Muller), among others. Daniel lectures globally, including recent keynotes at ENSA-Belleville (Paris) and the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
Recently, Daniel has been spearheading a broad disciplinary effort to examine environmental histories of architecture. This has included workshops at the University of Sydney and the Rachel Carson Center, as well as a planned international symposium at the University of Pennsylvania in April 2018. He is also participating in the Mellon-funded research project on Architecture and/for the Environment at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal.
Daniel is involved in a number of collaborative projects including the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, the Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities, and the Architecture and Environment Interest group of the EAHN. He is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Daniel received a PhD from Columbia University and a Master of Environmental Design from Yale University.
ARC 584: History and Theory of Architecture and Climate