Daniel Barber

Membership:  2016

Member Bio

Daniel A. Barber was a visiting from May to August 2017. He was also a visiting scholar in 2016.
Daniel A. Barber is assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He was recently a visiting professor of Environment and Humanities at the Princeton Environmental Institute. His research explores the relationship between architecture and the emergence of global environmental culture across the twentieth century. Daniel’s book A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War will be published by Oxford University Press in October. He is currently at work on his second book, The Nature of the Image: Architecture, Climate, and Media; research for this book is supported by the American Society of Environmental Historians, the Graham Foundation, and through an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich. Daniel has published extensively, in Grey Room, Technology and Culture, and forthcoming in Public Culture; in The Avery Review, Praxis, and ; and in the Catalogue of the US Pavilion of the 2014 Venice Biennale. He also lectures internationally, including a recent keynote for the conference Que Fait l’Énergie à l’Architecture? at ENSA Belleville in Paris. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Society of Architectural History.


  • A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War. Oxford University Press, forthvoming, September 19, 2016.
  • “The Form and Climate Research Group: Architecture and the Scales of History.” In Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary. New York: Lars Muller and Columbia University GSAPP, 2016; published online at Avery Review, April 8, 2016.
  • “Tomorrow’s House: Solar Housing in 1940s America.” Technology and Culture 55, no. 1 (February 2014): 1–39.
  • “The World Solar Energy Project, ca. 1954.” Grey Room 51 (Spring 2013), 64–93.
  • “Experimental Dwellings: Modern Architecture and Environmental Research at the MIT Solar Energy Fund, 1938–1963.” In A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture, and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment, edited by Arindam Dutta, 252–285. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013.
  • “Visualizing Renewable Resources.” In Architecture and Energy: Performance and Style, edited by William Braham and Dan Willis, 256–279. New York: Routledge, 2013; published online as “Hubbert’s Peak, Eneropa, and Visualization of Renewable Energy” at places.designobserver.com, May 20, 2013.