Dietrich Neumann was born in Goettingen, Germany, studied Architecture at the Technical University in Munich, and at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He received a Ph.D. in the History of Architecture at the Technical University in Munich and began teaching at Brown University in 1989 as a visiting professor. He became assistant professor in 1991.
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
My research concentrates mostly on late 19th and early 20th Century Architecture. I am interested in the entire scope of architectural production and
debate, from the minutiae of building technologies to the transatlantic
discourse on skyscrapers and urbanism throughout the 20th Century.
I have published essays on the history of building materials, and books on German skyscrapers of the 1920s as well as the history of film set design and architectural illumination. I have curated a number of exhibitions, such as "Film Architecture," (Providence, Los Angeles, Frankfurt) "Richard Neutra's Windshield House," (Harvard University, RISD, Washington, Pittsburgh) "Unbuilt Providence," (Brown University) "Friedrich St. Florian: Retrospective," (Brown University) "Luminous Buildings: Architecture of the Night" (Stuttgart and Rotterdam) and edited their catalogues.