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Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Esperdy focuses on the intersection of architecture, consumerism and modernism in the urban and suburban landscape, especially in the U.S. in the 20th and 21st centuries. She is particularly interested in minor or everyday buildings and how social, economic and political issues shape the built environment. Her books include Modernizing Main Street, published in 2008, and the forthcoming Architecture and Autopia, which examines how architectural discourse absorbed the ideals and concerns of commercial sphere after World War II. On her website American Road Trip she writes about built and natural landscapes in the U.S., and sometimes about food.

Esperdy's work has appeared in the Journal of Architectural Education, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta and Architectural Design, among others. She is editor of the SAH Archipedia, an online resource on the history of the built environment. She is a board member of and contributor to DesignInquiry.

Contact Information:
gabrielle.esperdy [at]

Posts by Gabrielle Esperdy

PLACES: Building Data: Field Notes on the Future of the Past (09.23.13)
PLACES: The Incredible True Adventures of the Architectress in America (09.10.12)
PLACES: Banham's America (03.19.12)
OBSERVATORY: Less Is More Again — A Manifesto (03.03.09)