Marta Gutman, president-elect of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, teaches architectural and urban history at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she is appointed to the doctoral faculties in Art History and Earth and Environmental Sciences, and was a 2018 Distinguished Research Fellow at the Advanced Research Collaborative. Professor Gutman’s research focuses on public architecture for city children. Times Higher Ed named her monograph, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014), a book of the year, calling it “a monumental achievement.” Her new book project, Just Space: Modern Architecture, Public Education, and Racial Inequality in Postwar Urban America, is in contract with the University of Texas Press. Professor Gutman, a founding editor of the digital forum, Platform, has been honored with the 2017 Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, the 2015 Kenneth Jackson Award from the Urban History Association, and support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Danish Humanities Council, and other organizations. 


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2000.

M.Arch, Columbia University, 1981.

A.B., Brown University, 1975.


2019: “I.S. 201: Race, Space, and Modern Architecture in Harlem” in Educating Harlem: Schools and the Referendum on the American Dream, ed. Ansley Erickson and Ernest Morrell. New York: Columbia University Press.

2018: Gutman, Marta; Clark, Marci M. “The Spaces of Childhood.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies, ed. Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press.

2017+: “Making and Unmaking the Neighborhood: Boundaries in Postwar US Cities,” introduction and guest editor, special section of the Journal of Urban History, first published date May-04-2017; print publication Fall 2020.

2014: A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

 2012: “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.

2008: “Race, Place, and Play: Robert Moses and the WPA Swimming Pools in New York City,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 67, no. 4 (December): 532-61.

2008: Designing Modern Childhoods: History, Space, and the Material Culture of Children, Ning de Coninck-Smith, co-editor. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

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    Current book project, Just Space: Modern Architecture, School Desegregation, and Racial Inequality in Postwar Urban America” in contract with the University of Texas Press

    2019+: PLATFORM: A Digital Forum for Conversations about Buildings, Spaces, and Landscapes, founding editor.



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