American Studies

Andrew Shanken Director - American Studies; Professor - Architecture & American Studies

Andrew Shanken has taught at Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Oberlin College. He is currently Professor in the Department of Architecture, U.C. Berkeley, where he teaches courses in architectural history and American Studies. His book, 194X: Architecture, Planning, and Consumer Culture on the American Homefront, examines anticipatory designs for postwar architecture and cities created during World War II. A second book, Into the Void Pacific: Building the 1939 San Francisco Worlds Fair came out in 2015. He has published widely on the topic of architecture and memory, including “Planning Memory: The Rise of Living Memorials in the United States during World War II,” which won the Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize in Art History. A current project called “The Everyday Life of Memorials,” examines memorials as part of the ordinary urban environment. His wider academic interests include the unbuilt and paper architecture, visionary architecture and expositions, themed landscapes, heritage and conservation planning; traditions of representation in twentieth-century architecture and planning; keywords in architecture and American culture; and consumer culture and architecture. He is also interested in historiography, particularly of architectural history, and the intersection of popular culture and architecture.