Headshot of Sean Weiss, smiling at the camera.

Sean Weiss

Chair, Associate Professor

Phone: 212-650-5415


Office: SSA112

Educational Credentials :

  • Ph.D., Art History, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2013
  • B.A., Honors in Art History, Vassar College, 1997

Teaching Experience :

  • Chairperson of the Architecture Department, City College of New York, CUNY, 2022-present
  • Associate Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2020-present
  • Assistant Professor, City College of New York, CUNY, 2013-2020
  • Adjunct Lecturer, City College of New York, CUNY, Spring 2011; Spring 2013
  • Lecturer, Art Department, Colorado College, Fall 2012
  • Lecturer, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Baruch College, CUNY, 2011-2012

Selected Publications and Recent Research :

  • Essays:
    • “Making Engineering Visible: Photography and the Politics of Potable Water in Modern Paris.” Technology and Culture 61: 3 (July 2020): 740-771.
    • "Introduction: Cities on Paper: On the Materiality of Paper in Urban Planning." Co-authored introduction to a co-edited special section of Journal of Urban History 46:2 (March 2020): 239-247.
    • "'The Dravert Affair': Paperwork and the Administration of Negligent Street Maintenance in Modern Paris.” Journal of Urban History 46:2 (March 2020): 289-309.
    • "Between Social Engagement and Neoliberalism." In Non-Standard Architectural Productions: Between Aesthetic Experience and Social Action. Edited by Sandra Löschke, pp. 235-252. London: Routledge, 2019.
    • “Architecture in 2018: Look to the Streets, not the Sky,” The Conversation (4 January 2018).
    • “The Empire’s New Veil,” Log 16 (Spring/Summer 2009): 133-142.
  • Reviews:
    • “Book Review of Esther da Costa Meyer, Dividing Paris: Urban Renewal and Social Inequality, 1852-1870.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 83:2 (June 2024): 240-242.
    • “Book Review of Paul Dobraszczyk and Peter Sealy, eds. Function and Fantasy: Iron Architecture in the Long Nineteenth Century,” Journal of Architectural Education Online (February 2020).
    • “Book Review of Martin Bressani, Architecture and the Historical Imagination: Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, 1814-1879,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 76:2 (June 2017): 245-248.
    • “Exhibition Review of Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light,” (April 2014).
    • “Book Review of Andrew Saint, Architect and Engineer: A Study in Sibling Rivalry,” Casabella 782 (October 2009): 102-103.
  • Catalogue Entries and Articles in Reference Works:
    • “Paris,” Annotated Bibliography with 143 entries. In Oxford Bibliographies in Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, edited by Kevin D. Murphy. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
    • “Bernard Forest de Bélidor,” “Arcisse de Caumont,” “Charles Garnier,” “Albert Lenoir,” and “Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine.” In The Architect’s Library: A Collection of Notable Books on Architecture at Vassar College, ed. Nicholas Adams. Poughkeepsie: Vassar College Libraries, 2014, 30, 39, 55-57, 70-71, 89-90.
    • “Architectural Design,” “Blueprint,” and “Perspecta.” In Architettura del Novecento – Vol. 1, Teorie, Scuole, Eventi, ed. Marco Biraghi and Alberto Ferlenga. Turin: Einaudi, 2012.
  • Recent Conference Papers:
    • “Of Kennels, Species, and Entangled History,” Badgering Architecture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on Co-Habitation with Other Animals, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 10 May 2024.
    • “Interspecies Materialities and the Architecture of Kennels in Eighteenth-century Britain,” College Art Association Annual Conference (Panel Title: “Animal Subjects”), Chicago, IL, 14 February 2024.
    • Session Chair, “Architecture and Interspecies Relations,” Society of Architectural Historians Virtual Conference, 22 September 2023.
    • "Dogs to Remember: Commemorating Companion Species in Georgian England," Animal Modernities Conference, Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, 13 October 2022.
    • "Kennels: Producing Healthy Animal Bodies in Georgian England," Society of Architectural Historians 75th Annual Conference (Panel Title: “Buildings, Bodies, and Health in the Age of Empire”), Pittsburgh, PA, 28 April 2022.
    • “Infrastructural Ephemerality and Photographic Monumentality in Late-Nineteenth-century France,” European Architectural History Network International Meeting (Panel Title: Ephemerality and Monumentality in Modern Europe), Edinburgh, Scotland, 3 June 2021.
    • “Making Space for Queer Place,” Colloquium Series, Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate Center, City University of New York, 27 February 2020.
    • “Documenting Urban Change as a Civil Wrong: A Case of Photographic Evidence in the Construction of the New York City Subway,” College Art Association Annual Conference (Panel Title: “Documenting Community Change”), Chicago, IL, 12 February 2020.
    • “Photographs of Portable Bridges,” College Art Association Annual Conference (Panel Title: “Photography, Myth, and Architecture”), New York, NY, 15 February 2019.
    • “Making Maintenance Visible: Photography and the Administration of Urban Upkeep in Modern Paris,” College Art Association Annual Conference (Panel Title: “Repair and Maintenance in Art, Architecture, and Design”), Los Angeles, CA, 23 February 2018.
    • “The Pont Mirabeau, Photography, and the Shaping of Urban Collectivities in Third Republic Paris,” Bridge: The Heritage of Connecting Place and Culture Conference, Coalbrookdale Museum and University of Birmingham, UK, 10 July 2017.
    • “Photography and the Industrialization of Time on the Parisian Worksite,” Inter-Photography and Architecture Conference, Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, 4 November 2016.
    • “Visualizing Accountability: Serial Photography and the Restoration of the Pont-Neuf,” Society of Architectural Historians 69th Annual Conference (Panel Title: “Serial Landscapes”), Pasadena, CA, 7 April 2016.
    • “Architecture: Between Social Engagement and Neoliberalism,” Production Sites (Symposium), The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London, UK, 30 July 2015.