Susan R Henderson

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design, University of Washington; M.Arch, MIT; Ph.D. in architectural history, Columbia University

Susan Henderson specializes in the fields of Islamic and early modern European architectural history. Along with her position in the School of Architecture, she is a core faculty member of the Renee Crown University Honors Program, and a faculty member of the Society and Religion and the Middle Eastern Studies programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Center of European Studies in the Maxwell School. Professor Henderson’s publications range from early twentieth century esotericism, to social architecture during the Weimar Republic in Germany, to studies of hybrid conditions in Islamic architecture. Her recent book is Building Culture:  Ernst May and the New Frankfurt Initiative, 1926-1932 (Peter Lang, 2013).



  • Building Culture: Ernst May and the New Frankfurt, 1926-1932. NY:  Peter Lang, 2013.

Articles and Book chapters

  • “The Römerstadt Settlement in Frankfurt am Main:  The ‘New Life,’ 1927/2011,” The Heritage of Iconic Planned Communities, ed. Robert Freestone, Isabelle Gournay, Mary Corbin Sies, forthcoming Routledge, forthcoming, 2014.
  • “The Resilient Community,” From the Ground Up:  Innovative Green House forthcoming Princeton Architectural Press, 2012.
  • “J.L.M. Lauweriks and K.P.C. de Bazel: Architecture and Theosophy,” The Religion Imagination and Modern Architecture, ed. Renate Hejduk and Jim Williamson (New York: Routledge, 2011).
  • “Römerstadt:  The Modern Garden City,” Planning Perspectives, no. 3 (2010), 323-46.
  • “Housing for Women.  The Frankfurt Experiment,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2009), 358-377.
  • Review of Negotiating Domesticity, ed. Hilda Heynan and Gülsüm Baydar, Journal of Design Review, Vol. 20, March 2007.
  • “A Revolution in Woman’s Sphere:  Grete Lihotzky and the Frankfurt Kitchen” (reprint), ed. Barbara Miller Lane, Housing and Dwelling (Routledge, 2006), chapter 7, 248-258.
  • Review of The Gray Room, by Paul Scheerbart, translated by John Stuart, JAE, May 2003, 72.
  • “Ernst May and the Campaign to Resettle the Countryside:  Rural Housing in Silesia, 1919-1925,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians  (June 2002), 187-211.
  • “Bachelor Culture in the work of Adolf Loos,” Journal of Architectural Education 55, no. 3 (2002), 125-35.
  • Review of Eve Blau, The Architecture of Red Vienna, 1919-1934 and Nancy Stieber, Housing Design and Society in Amsterdam.  Reconfiguring Urban Order and Identity, 1900 - 1920 in International Labor and Working-Class History Journal, Spring 2000, 325-26.
  • “Self-help Housing in the Weimar Republic:  The Work of Ernst May,” Housing Studies. The International Housing Research Journal 14, no. 3 (1999), 311-328.
  • “Introduction.”  Guest editor for special issue “Architecture and Theosophy,” Architronic 8, no. 1, 1999,
  • “J.M.L.Lauweriks and K.P.C. de Bazel:  Architecture and Theosophy,” Architronic 8, no. 1, 1999,
  • “A Revolution in Woman’s Sphere:  Grete Lihotzky and the Frankfurt Kitchen,” ed. Debra Coleman, Architecture and Feminism  (Princeton:  Princeton Architectural Press, 1996), 221-248.
  • “New Buildings Make New People:  The Pavilion Schools of Weimar Frankfurt as a Model of Pedagogical Reform,” Design Issues (Spring 1997), 27-38.
  • “A Setting for Mass Culture:  Life and Leisure in the Nidda Valley,” Planning Perspectives 10 (1995), 199-222.
  • “Böttcherstraße:  The Corporatist Vision of Bernhard Hoetger and Ludwig Roselius,” Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts 20 (1994), 164-181.
  • “The Mosque:  Architectural Aspects,” The Encyclopedia of Religion, Volume 10,
  • Mircea Eliade, ed. (New York:  Macmillan Press, 1987), 123-128.
  • “Llewellyn Park, suburban idyll,” Journal of Garden History 7, no. 3 (1987), 221-243.
  • “Out of the Ashes:  The Public Markets of London Before and After the Great Fire,”
  • The Radical History Review (Fall 1979), 119-130.