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Robert Bruegmann

Professor Emeritus of Modern and Contemporary Architecture

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Robert Bruegmann is an historian and critic of architecture, landscape, preservation, urban development and the built environment. Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art History, Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he is the author of numerous books and articles including the award-winning volume The Architects and the City:  Holabird & Roche of Chicago 1880-1918, published by the University of Chicago Press, 1997, the controversial Sprawl:  A Compact History published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005, The Architecture of Harry Weese, published by W. W. Norton in 2010 and, most recently, Art Deco Chicago: Designing Modern America, published by the Chicago Art Deco Society and distributed by Yale University Press, 2018.  He is working on a book on the life and architecture of Benjamin and Cynthia Weese and a novel set in mid-nineteenth century Europe. He is a frequent lecturer, contributor to magazines and blogs and guest on radio and television shows.


PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Art History