Kai K. Gutschow-Center for the Arts in Society - Carnegie Mellon University

Kai K. Gutschow

Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Ave,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall 202A
Phone: 412.268.7999


Kai Gutschow is the historian of modern architecture as well as the 2nd year studio coordinator in the five-year, professional Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) program at Carnegie Mellon.   
Gutschow’s primary field of research has been the complex and controversial history of modern German architectural culture, especially the role that architectural criticism, theory, and media culture played in influencing professional and cultural developments.  He is currently finishing a book manuscript titled “Inventing Expressionism: Art, Criticism, and the Rise of Modern Architecture,” an intellectual history of the origins of Expressionism in German architecture from 1905-1925.  It argues that Expressionist architecture arose not primarily out of a revolutionary political moment that followed World War I in Berlin, as is often maintained, but rather out of a widespread and continuous evolution of ideas on the role of “expression” in modern architecture from the late nineteenth century to the mid-1920s.  In addition to his book, he has lectured on and published refereed journal articles and book chapters on a variety of related topics, including the work of the German architectural critic Adolf Behne, on Bruno Taut’s iconoclastic “Glashaus” as “Installation Art,” on the East African colonial architecture of the German modernist Ernst May, on the modernity of the conservative critic Paul Schultze-Naumburg, and on the German patriotism and Jewish heritage of the German critic Walter Curt Behrendt.