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Peter Minosh

Peter Minosh is a historian of architecture, urbanism, and landscape with a focus on the relationship between politics and the built environment. His research considers architecture’s modernity in relation to formulations of sovereignty and revolutionary and decolonizing movements from the enlightenment to the present. A particular focus of this research is on the modern confluence of racism, environmental change, and liberal economics across the eighteenth-century Atlantic World. His book “Atlantic Unbound: Architecture in the World of the Haitian Revolution” is under contract with the University of Pittsburgh Press. It takes the French, American, Haitian Revolutions to be a single transnational phenomenon and considers ways that architecture negotiates its revolutionary imaginaries – particularly regarding race, slavery, and sovereignty.

Minosh received his PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Columbia University and has taught architectural history at Oberlin College and the University of Toronto. His writing has appeared in the Journal for the Society of Architectural Historians, The Politics of Space and Place, Race and Modern Architecture, Writing Architectural History, and The Burlington Magazine. He has been involved in several research projects, including the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative and The Race and Modern Architecture Project.

Research/Publications Highlights

  • “Architectural Remnants and Mythical Traces of the Haitian Revolution: Henri Christophe’s Citadelle Laferrière and Sans-Souci Palace.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 77, no. 4 (December 2018).
  • “American Architecture in the Black Atlantic: William Thornton’s Design for the United States Capitol Building.” Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present, edited by Charles Davis, Mabel Wilson, and Irene Cheng. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020.
  • “The Fires of Saint-Domingue, or Landscapes of the Haitian Revolution.” In Writing Architectural History: Evidence and Narrative in the Twenty-First Century, edited by The Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021.
  • “Built in USA: Postwar Architecture – Midcentury Architecture as a Vehicle for American Foreign Policy.” Histories of Postwar Architecture, Special Issue: Mass media and the international spread of post-war architecture. No. 4 (2020). With J. Hunter Palmer Wright.
  • “Sovereignty, Security, and the Architecture of American Governance.” In The Politics of Space and Place, edited by Chiara Certoma, Nicola Clewer, and Doug Elsey. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.




  • Ph.D., Columbia University
  • S.M.Arch.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.Arch., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute