Areas of Expertise/Research
- Architecture and Urbanism in the United States
- Art History and Theory
- City Landscapes
- Race, Gender, and Inequality
- Women and Children in Urban Environment
The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture
Marta Gutman, PhD, an architectural and urban historian, is dean of the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York | CUNY, the city’s premier public school of architecture. Expert in the history of public architecture for children and in repurposing architecture as a strategy for city-building, she studies ordinary places in cities. Through this work, she tackles power and culture in all walks of life, emphasizes the activism of women especially on behalf of children, and ties local stories to national and international histories. Gutman’s commitment to social justice has been manifest since she started her career as an architect designing housing for the New York City Housing Authority and shelters for battered women, abused children, and homeless New Yorkers.
Gutman’s A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland won the Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book (North American) in urban history (2015) and the Spiro Kostof Book Award (2017). A Distinguished CUNY Research Fellow in 2018, Gutman is the immediate past president of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, a founding coeditor of PLATFORM, and a former coeditor of Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Her chapter “Intermediate School 201: Race, Space, and Modern Architecture in Harlem,” in Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community, eds. Ansley T. Erickson and Ernest Morrell (Columbia, 2019), received the Catherine W. Bishir Prize in 2021. She’s currently writing Just Space: Modern Architecture, Public Schools, and Racial Inequality in New York City (University of Texas Press).
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- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2000
- M.Arch, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1981
- A.B., Honors in Art, Brown University, 1975
- Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2004-present
- Professor, Art History Program, Earth and Environmental Sciences Program, Graduate Center, CUNY 2014-present
- Adjunct Professor, California College of the Arts,1999-2000.
- Associate Chairman, Parsons School of Design/New School for Social Research, Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, 1988-92; Acting Chair, Spring 1991
- Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Lecturer, 1990, 1991
- Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, 1985-88; Adjunct Assistant Professor, 1983-85; Paris Summer Program, 1985, 1987
- Architect, Marta Gutman/A. Eugene Sparling, A.I.A., New York, NY, 1985-92
- Project Architect, Moger-Woodson Architects, New York, NY, 1984-85
- Project Architect, Conrad Levenson, Architects and Planners, New York, NY, 1982-84
- Designer, Levenson/Thaler Associates, New York, NY, 1978-81
Architecture License, New York State
Selected Publications and Recent Research
“Intermediate School 201: Race, Space, and Modern Architecture in Harlem,” in Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community, ed. Ansley Erickson and Ernest Morrell (Columbia University Press, 2019).
A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.
“Teaching Marshall/Marshall Teaching: Encounters with Berman,” in Adventures in Modernism: Thinking with Marshall Berman, edited by Jennifer Corby (New York: UR /Terreform, 2015): 52-61.
- “Response to Justin Binder’s ongoing Vacated project for Design and Violence, edited by Paola Antonelli and Jamer Hunt (MoMA, 2013+), http://designandviolence.moma.org/vacated-justin-blinder/.”
- “The Physical Spaces of Childhood,” chapter 13 in The Routledge History of Childhood in the West, ed. Paula S. Fass, 249-66. New York: Routledge, 2012.
- The Vernacular Architecture Forum
- Society for American City and Regional Planning History
- Urban History Association
- Society of Architectural Historians