Joseph Watson

Joseph M. Watson is an architectural historian. His research explores the shifting terrain of early 20th century urban thought, focusing in particular on the remapping of relationships between city and suburb within the American cultural imaginary during the 1920s and ’30s. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has also taught courses in architectural history and theory. His dissertation centers around Raymond Hood’s designs for Rockefeller Center and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City. This research, which shows how urban reform efforts were as much the product of planning traditions as they were influenced by a wide range of cultural desires, has been supported by grants from the Penn-Mellon Humanities, Urbanism and Design Project and Penn’s Carnegie President’s Fund. Before returning to academia he worked for Richard Meier & Partners Architects.