Joseph Godlewski
Assistant Professor

B.Arch with Honors, Syracuse University; M.S. Architecture, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Joseph Godlewski is an architectural theorist, historian, and practitioner. After receiving his undergraduate professional degree in Architecture (B. Arch with Honors) from Syracuse University he worked with Marc Kocher Architekt in Zurich on one of the development projects transforming Berlin’s urban landscape. In Boston, he participated in the city’s “Big Dig” development and was part of an international team of designers working on MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences Building. At Eisenman Architects in New York City, he worked on the Santiago de Compostela City of Culture project in Galicia, Spain. He’s also collaborated on numerous multi-use residential and resort projects with KMA Architecture and Engineering in San Diego and SB Architects in San Francisco.

Joseph received his Ph.D. and Master of Science degrees in Architectural History and Theory from UC Berkeley where he was part of the Global Metropolitan Studies Program examining emerging patterns in urban development.

He has served as a peer reviewer for Traditional Dwelling and Settlement Review and the Berkeley Planning Journal as well as an invited critic at schools including the University of Toronto, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Auburn University, Pratt Institute, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He’s previously taught lecture and studio courses at UC Berkeley and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He’s also served as an instructor of design, history, and theory in the Architecture and City Planning departments at Berkeley as well as the [IN]CITY Sustainable Cities Program.


  • “Open Shutters, Iraq” with filmmaker Maysoon Pachachi and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, UC Berkeley (2011)
  • “Peter Eisenman: 2 Projects,” with Eisenman Architects, Temple University, Philadelphia (2002)
  • “Santiago de Compostela,” with Eisenman Architects, Venice Biennale (2002)
  • “Backfabrik, Berlin,” with Marc Kocher, Syracuse University (2000)

Lectures and Papers

  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Fall Meeting- Syracuse - “The Absurd Alibi” (2015, forthcoming)
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting- Toronto - “Reimagining Architectural Theory from the Historicized Periphery” (2015)
  • Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) Annual Conference- Chicago, IL- “Legacies of Impermanence in Old Calabar”, Time, Transformation, and Textuality in African Architecture (2015)
  • Syracuse University School of Architecture Faculty Forum- “Other Practices”, co-moderated with Professor Kyle Miller (2015)
  • SU Design Symposium- “Architecture, Design, and User Empowerment” with Communications Design Professor Jeff Glendenning (2015)
  • Syracuse Center of Excellence (CoE) Research & Technology Forum- “Deus Ex Machina: Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel and HVAC” with Bill Chadwick, PE, CEM, LEED BD+C, Sr. Building Systems Engineer for United Technologies Corp., Building & Industrial Systems (2014)
  • Syracuse University School of Architecture Graduate Fundamentals Forum- “Fundamentals: Theory”, a conversation with Professor Mark Linder (2014)
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting- Miami Beach, FL- “The Martyr and the Juggernaut: Disrupting Global Assumptions in Architectural Pedagogy”, Learning From Modernism and Beyond (2014)
  • American Association of Geographers Annual Conference (AAG)- Tampa, FL- “Networked Geographies in African Cities” (2014)
  • Syracuse University School of Architecture Symposium- Moderator, “Entanglements: Theorizing Contemporary Architecture and Urbanization” (2014)
  • UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative- Los Angeles, CA- “Archiving Risk” Graduate Symposium- The Architecture of a Proto-risk Society” (2014)
  • International Association of the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) Conference- University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon- “Enterprising Masquerades: Plural Identities and Mythic Spaces in Southeastern Nigeria” (2012)  
  • Center for African Studies (CAS)- UC Berkeley- “Spatial Disjunctures and Historical Congruencies: Compounds, Enclaves, and Zones of Autonomy” (2012)
  • Berkeley MS/Ph.D. Architecture Colloquium- UC Berkeley- “Emergent Protozones” (2012)
  • American Association of Geographers Annual Conference (AAG)- New York, NY- “Compounds, Enclaves, and Zones of Autonomy: Historicizing Calabar, Nigeria’s Zoning Strategies” (2012)
  • Berkeley-Stanford City Group- Stanford University- “Global Ethnographies” Workshop (2012)
  • Rutgers University-“Everything is Upside-Down?: Nigerian Urban Dynamics” (2011)
  • International Association of the Study of Traditional Environments (IASTE) Conference – American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon- Presentation- “An Emerging African Utopia? Tinapa Free Zone and Resort, Calabar, Nigeria” (2010)
  • Cross River Radio (CRR)- Calabar, Nigeria- Radio Interview, “Perspectives on Calabar’s New Developments” (2010)


  • “Seduction and a Misstep”, CLOG: Rem, Volume 6, No. 2. (2014)
  • “Alien and Distant: Rem Koolhaas on Film in Lagos, Nigeria,” chapter in book, The Dissertation: an Architecture Student’s Handbook, Edited by Iain Borden, Taylor & Francis/ Routledge. (2014)
  • “7 Ways to Transform Studio Culture & Bring It into the 21st Century,” with Lori Brown, ArchDaily (2014)
  • “SHA[RE]SOURCE: Connecting, Collecting, and Creating Resource-sharing Initiatives in the Built Environment,” with Jen Alex, Edgar Austodillo, Roy Cloutier, Brooke Staton, Stephanie Velasco, Asavari Devadiga, KTISMAjournal (2013)
  • “The Interior Experience of Daylighting Technologies: Histories and Potential Futures,” with Bess Krietemeyer, Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture (2012)
  • “On the Persistence of the Juried Architectural Review,” Crit: Journal of the AIAS (2011)
  •  “Public Housing,” Encyclopedia of Geography (2010)  
  • “The Tragicomic Televisual Ghetto: Popular Representations of Race and Space at Chicago’s Cabrini-Green,” Berkeley Planning Journal (2009)


  • “Third World Modernism: Architecture, Development and Identity”, Traditional Dwelling and Settlement Review, Volume 24, No. 2. (2013)
  • “The Architecture of Patterns”, Architecture Research Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2012)
  •  “The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual– and the Modern Home Began”, Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture, Vol. 3, No. 1-2 (2012)