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Robert Cowherd
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Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Ave.

Boston, MA  

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About My Work
Dr. Robert Cowherd is Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, USA. He is an architectural and urban historian and designer focusing on Southeast Asia and Latin America. His teaching and research connect long historical trajectories to global challenges. He is the author of “Spices, Spies, and Speculation: Trust and Control in the Early Amsterdam-Batavia System,” in A History of Architecture and Trade (Routledge, 2018), 44–61; and “Identity Tectonics: Contested Modernities of Java and Bali” in Across Time and Space: Architecture and the Politics of Modernity (Transaction, 2017). In 2015, he was Visiting Associate Professor of History, Theory and Criticism at MIT teaching A Global History of Architecture, and 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar pursuing research on the role of design in recent social transformations in Latin American cities. He is on the Board of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative. Robert has a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture and an Urban Design Certificate from MIT, and a BArch in from The Cooper Union.
Cowherd, Robert. “Spices, Spies, and Speculation: Trust and Control in the Early Amsterdam-Batavia System.” In _A History of Architecture and Trade_, edited by Patrick Haughey, 44–61. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Cowherd, Robert. “Identity Tectonics: Contested Modernities of Java and Bali.” In Across Space and Time: Architecture and the Politics of Modernity, edited by Patrick Haughey, 1–17. Piscataway, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 2017.

Cowherd, Robert. “Cultural Construction of Surakarta.” In The Emerging Asian City: Concomitant Urbanities and Urbanisms, edited by Vinayak Bharne, 66–74. London: Routledge, 2013.

Cowherd, Robert. “Constructing Discourse, Constructing Space: The Heterotpian Divide in Jakarta.” In Heterotopia and the City: Public Space in a Postcivil Siety, edited by Lieven De Cauter and Michiel Dehaene, 275–87. London: Routledge, 2008.
Professional Associations
Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC), Urban History Association (UHA)