Cultural history of European architecture and town planning, 17th - 19th centuries; theory and historiography of architecture.
B.A. Yale University
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Columbia University
Richard Wittman specializes in the cultural history of architecture and town planning in seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century Europe. His primary interest lies in the emergence of modern configurations of space, society, and publicness, which he approaches through the history of architectural theory, criticism, and public discourse; the emergence of the modern public; and the evolution of architectural patronage in changing political contexts.
Professor Wittman's first book was Architecture, Print Culture, and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century France (Routledge, 2007). Other recent publications include: "Architecture, Space, and Abstraction in the Eighteenth-Century French Public Sphere," (Representations, 2008), "The Hut and the Altar: Architectural Origins and the Public Sphere in Eighteenth-Century France" (Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, 2007), and "Space, Networks, and the Saint-Simonians" (Grey Room, 2010). He also wrote the entry on Early Modern Paris in the forthcoming Cambridge World History of Religious Architecture, and a survey of recent scholarship on "Print Culture and French Architecture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries" in the June 2015 edition of Perspective, the online journal of the INHA in Paris. Professor Wittman is currently completing a cultural history of the century-long reconstruction of the Early Christian basilica of San Paolo fuori le mura in Rome (1825-1933).
6F Introduction to Architecture and Planning
142A Architecture and Planning in Seventeenth-Century Europe
142B Architecture and Planning in Rome: Napoleon to Mussolini
142C Paris and Rome in the Nineteenth Century
142D Gardens, Land, and Landscape in the West: Renaissance to 1900
142E Architecture, Planning, and Culture in Eighteenth-Century Paris
142AA Architecture, Theory, and Town Planning in 19th-Century France
186S Nineteenth-Century French Architecture - Theory and Practice
186S Wren, Vanbrugh, and Hawksmoor
186SR Architecture, Townplanning & Theory in Germany/Austria (1770-1871)
186SR Architecture, Planning & Politics in Rome: from Napoleon to Mussolini (1798-1945)
French Gothic Architecture in the 12th and 13th Centuries
2017 Architectural Theory (1800-1939)
2012 European Architectural Theory from the Renaissance to the Dawn of Modernism
2012 Nations and Nationalism in 19th-century European Architecture
2008 Theories and Methods in Architectural History
2006 Architecture and Print Culture (c.1530-c.1930)