Art History & Art Conservation


Art History & Art Conservation


Art History & Art Conservation

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Katherine Romba

Assistant Professor
Ontario Hall
(613) 533 6000 x74171

Research Interests

Modern architecture, modern art, critical theory, anthropological theory.


Katherine Romba specializes in modern architecture with research interests in German and American modernism. The methodologies of historical anthropology have informed her investigations into modern architectural theory, practice, and experience. Past research includes the study of the social meaning underpinning building aesthetics in German engineering theory, and the analysis of humanist Bildung (cultivation) as an important kind of cultural capital circulating in German architectural thought. She is currently writing a book entitled Conceptualizing Modern Industrial Culture: The Professional Discourses of German Architects and Engineers, which interprets the discourses of German architectural and engineering theory as forms of social practice. Other current research investigates the experience of the female office worker in the socially constructed spaces of the American office skyscraper.


Recent Publications

Iron Construction and Cultural Discourse: German Architectural Theory

(Saarbrücken: VDM), 2008

Aesthetics and the Professional Identity of the Modern German Engineer

In Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Construction History, Cambridge University, 29 March – 2 April 2006. Vol. 3. Edited by Malcolm Dunkeld et al., 2727-2741. Construction History Society, 2006