Joseph Godlewski

Joseph Godlewski

Syracuse, NY, US



Joseph Godlewski, is an architectural theorist, historian, and practitioner. His current research focuses on urbanization in developing contexts and the interrelationship between economics and the cultural production of space. His master’s thesis investigated Rem Koolhaas’s research studio in Lagos, Nigeria. Theorizing “emergent protozones” and decentralized networks of architectural form, his dissertation explores the history of the built environment in the context of an emerging Atlantic modernity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In 2011 he received the Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Fellowship in Advanced African Studies to conduct fieldwork and archival research at the National Museum in Calabar, Nigeria.

After receiving his undergraduate professional degree in Architecture (B. Arch with Honors) from Syracuse University he worked with Marc Kocher Architekt in Zurich on one of the development projects transforming Berlin’s urban landscape. In Boston, he participated in the city’s “Big Dig” development and was part of an international team of designers working on MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Building. At Eisenman Architects in New York City, he worked on the Santiago de Compostela City of Culture project in Galicia, Spain. He’s also collaborated on numerous multi-use residential and resort projects with KMA Architecture and Engineering in San Diego and SB Architects in San Francisco. Joseph received his Master of Science degree in Architectural History and Theory from UC Berkeley where he was part of the Global Metropolitan Studies Program examining emerging patterns in urban development.

He has served as a peer reviewer for Traditional Dwelling and Settlement Review and the Berkeley Planning Journal as well as an invited critic at schools including the University of Toronto, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Auburn University, Pratt Institute, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He's previously taught lecture and studio courses at UC Berkeley and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He's also served as an instructor of design, history, and theory in the Architecture and City Planning departments at Berkeley as well as the [IN]CITY Sustainable Cities Program.



Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, Assistant Professor

Aug 2013 - current


University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, PhD, Architecture

Jan 2010 - current

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Masters, Architecture

Aug 2006 - Dec 2009

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Jan 1995 - May 2000

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