Patricia A. Morton is Associate Professor of architectural history in the Art History Department. She has received grants and fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Fulbright Program, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other institutions. Her book on the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris, Hybrid Modernities, was published in 2000 by MIT Press and in Japan by Brücke in 2002. Her current research focuses on postmodern architecture and popular culture, exemplified in the built work and writing of Charles W. Moore. She has published widely on architectural history and issues of race, gender and identity in modern and contemporary architecture. She is Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and an advisory board member of the European Architectural Historians Network journal, Architectural Histories.


Princeton University, Program in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism, School of Architecture, Ph.D., 1994

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, M.Arch., 1983

Yale University, B.A., 1978



Hybrid Modernities: Architecture and Representation at the 1931 International Colonial Exposition in Paris, (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2000; Japanese edition, Brücke, 2002)


“Charles Moore’s Perspecta Essays: Toward Postmodern Eclecticism” in Exhibitions, Periodicals, and the Shaping of Postmodern Architecture: The Medium is the Message? (Ashgate, forthcoming, 2016)

“Postwar Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture in Inland Southern California: From Mission Inn to Taco Bell,” Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative, Riverside Museum of Art, (forthcoming, 2016)

“A Tale of Two Venices,” in A Confederacy of Heretics: The Architecture Gallery, Venice, 1979, (Los Angeles: Southern California Institute of Architecture, 2013)

“Kitsch and Postmodern Architecture: Charles Moore’s Piazza d’Italia,” in Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, Glenn Adams and Jane Pavitt, editors, (London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2011)

“The Uses and Abuses of Human Geography: Difference and Space at French World’s Fairs,” Journal of Architecture vol. 16, n. 6 (December 2011)

“The Afterlife of Buildings: Architecture and Walter Benjamin’s Theory of History” in Rethinking Architectural Historiography, Dana Arnold, Elvan Altan Ergut, and Belgin Turan Ozkaya, eds. (Routledge, 2006)

“Document of Civilization and Document of Barbarism: The World Trade Center Near and Far,” in Terror, Culture, Politics: 9/11 Reconsidered, Terry Nardin and Daniel J. Sherman, eds. (Indiana University Press, 2006)

“Consuming the Colonies,” in Eating Architecture, Paulette Singley and Jamie Horwitz, eds. (MIT Press, 2004)

“Disorienting Le Corbusier: Le Corbusier’s Voyage d’Orient, 1911” in French Civilization and its Discontents: Nationalism, Colonialism, and Race, Tyler Stovall and Georges van den Abbeele, editors (Lexington, 2003)

“The Social and the Poetic: Feminist Practices in Architecture, 1970-1999,” MAMA (Magasin för Modern Architecture, Stockholm) (2000); reprinted in Theorizing Feminism and Visual Culture, Amelia Jones, ed. (Routledge, 2002)

“National and Colonial: The Musée des Colonies for the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris,” Art Bulletin (June 1998)

“A Visit to WomEnhouse,” in Architecture of the Everyday, Deborah Berke and Steven Harris, eds. (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1997)

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