Gail Fenske

gail fenske
Gail Fenske, Ph.D.Professor of Architecture

Contact Information

x3640gfenske@rwu.eduAR 242Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Architecture/History of Modern Architecture/History of American Architecture/Skyscrapers


B.Arch. Arizona State University
M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gail Fenske teaches subjects in the history of modern European architecture and American architecture.  Her lecture courses and seminars emphasize architecture’s intersection with broader social and cultural contexts, among them urban, technological, and visual, with the latter incorporating the fine arts, photography, and film.

She is author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and co-editor of Aalto and America (Yale University Press, 2012).  She is currently preparing Skyscrapers for publication with the Library of Congress.  She is also the author of several essays in books, among them Skyscraper Gothic (University of Virginia Press, 2017), The American Skyscraper: Cultural Histories (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and The Landscape of Modernity (John Hopkins University Press, 1997).

Prior to her appointment in the School of Architecture, Art & Historic Preservation, she taught as a visiting assistant professor at Cornell University and since then, has held visiting professorships at Wellesley College and MIT.   

She has recently served in the Office of Secretary, Society of Architectural Historians, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.

List of Publications