Christian Hedrick is an architectural historian and a full-time Visiting Lecturer in the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. He received a Ph.D. in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at MIT (2014), where he was affiliated with the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from John Carroll University. Before pursing his Ph.D. he practiced architecture for several years at design firms including NBBJ.
His research examines the implications of architecture as a site of cultural exchange over the course of the long nineteenth century. His current work examines the reception and interpretation of Islamic architectural forms within German architectural publications and practice from 1780-1870. He was recently published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and has a chapter in the forthcoming book Expanding Nationalisms At World Fairs: Identity, Diversity And Exchange, 1851-1914 (Routledge). Before coming to Northeastern, Dr. Hedrick taught Architecture in the Islamic World at MIT and was Digital Humanities Research Associate at the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT where he led a new research initiative focused on the pedagogy of architectural history. He is also a founding member of the Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative and was recently a co-recipient of a grant for a project entitled “Islamic Architecture: A Global History.” He is also preparing his book manuscript based on his dissertation: Modernism with Style: Form, Meaning and the Origins of Modern Architecture in Berlin, 1780-1870.
2014 Doctoral Dissertation: Modernism with Style: History, Culture and the Origins of Modern Architecture in Berlin, 1780-1870