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Amy D. Finstein


Visual Arts

 Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Fields: Modern architecture and urbanism

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Office Phone: 508-793-3098
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Amy Finstein specializes in modern architecture and urbanism in America and Europe. She is interested in how the built environment reflects moments of societal change and modernization at multiple scales, ranging from high-style Modern residences to Art Deco elevated highways. Her current research includes the re-discovery of an early residential design by Bauhaus icons Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, a commission that encapsulates their early years in the U.S., the commodification of their design approach, and the eventual dissolution of their short-lived partnership. She is also interested in how major urban infrastructure projects synthesize changing architectural, technological, and societal norms, a topic reflected in the manuscript for her first book, Modern Mobility Aloft: Elevated Highways, Architecture, and Urban Change in Pre-Interstate America. She has published previously in Journal of Planning History, Preservation Education and Research, and ARRIS: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. She is a contributing author to the forthcoming Atlas of Boston History (University of Chicago Press), and serves on the Board of Directors for the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

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