The Bartlett School of Architecture

Prof Mario Carpo

Prof Mario Carpo

Professor of Architectural History

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2014

Research summary

Areas of specialisation: history of architectural theory and history of cultural technologies, with focus on the early modern period (the Vitruvian tradition and the Italian Renaissance, from Alberti to Vignola) and on contemporary digital design theory (1990 to the present). Theory and criticism of contemporary architecture.

Main publications (books): Metodo e ordini nella teoria architettonica dei primi moderni (Geneva: Droz, 1993), La maschera e il modello (Milan: Jaca Book, 1993), Architecture in the Age of Printing (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2001; also translated into other languages), Leon Battista Alberti's Description of the City of Rome (co-authored; Geneva, Droz, 2000; Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies, 2007, also translated into other languages), Perspective, Projections and Design (co-edited; London: Routledge, 2007; also translated into other languages), Valerio Olgiati (co-authored; Cologne: Koenig, 2008); The Alphabet and the Algorithm (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2011; also translated into other languages); The Digital Turn in Architecture, 1992-2012 (Chichester: Wiley, 2012); The Second Digital Turn: Design Beyond Intelligence (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2017); Beyond Digital: Design and Automation at the End of Modernity (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2023) 

Recent articles and essays: Log, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Grey Room, L'Architecture d'aujourd'hui, Arquitectura Viva, AD/Architectural Design, Perspecta, Harvard Design Magazine, Cornell Journal of Architecture, Abitare, Lotus International, Domus, Artforum, Arch+, Casabella, etc.

Full list of publications on mariocarpo.com


Position: Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory, The Bartlett, University College London

Education: Dr.arch (University of Florence, Italy, 1984); PhD  (History, European University Institute, 1990); HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches, Art History, France, 2009).

Teaching and other positions: Assistant Professor (University of Geneva, Switzerland, 1987-1993); Associate Professor with tenure (France, School of Architecture of Saint-Etienne, 1993-2004; then School of Architecture of Paris-La Villette, 2004-2014, and School of Architecture of Paris-Malaquais, 2015-...; on leave); Head of the Study Centre, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada (2002-2005); Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology (2009-2012); Vincent Scully Visiting Professor of Architectural History, Yale School of Architecture (2010-2014; 2017); Professor,  The Bartlett, UCL (2014-...).

Lectureships and Visiting Professorships: University of Geneva (1994-1997); Cornell (1996, 2012), University of Copenhagen (1997), MIT (2002), Williams College (2004), Polytechnic of Milan (2007), Yale University (History of Art: 2008), Princeton School of Architecture (2013), Die Angewandte, University of Vienna (2020-...), etc.

Scholarships and Grants: Visiting Scholar, The Clark Art Institute (2000); Scholar in Residence, The Getty Research Institute (2000-01); Resident, American Academy in Rome (2004-05); Scholar in residence, Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung, Weimar (2011); Grantee, The Graham Foundation, Chicago (2013); Senior Fellow in Residence, National Galley of Art, Washington (2014), Guggenheim Fellow (2022-23), etc.

Personal Website: mariocarpo.com