Nathaniel R. Walker

Assistant Professor of Architectural History

Address: Simons Center, Room 305
Phone: (843) 953-8226
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Dr. Nathaniel R. Walker is Assistant Professor of Architectural History at the College of Charleston.  He earned his Ph.D. at Brown University in the History of Art and Architecture, an MA in Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a BA in History (with a minor in German) at Belmont University.  Nathaniel specializes in the history of public space such as squares and streets, particularly in the United States and Europe, but he has also worked with the urban forms of the Classic Maya and with Chinese Daoist architectural representations.  He has focused many of his studies on the relationships between architecture, urban planning, and utopian dreams of progress and futurity that proliferated in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, film, advertising, and other media.  His research has been published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Utopian Studies, a number of edited volumes, and was featured in an exhibition he curated at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery entitled Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future.  He has given formal research presentations in many different places, from Beirut to Oxford University, from Malaysia to Harvard and the Courtauld Institute.  He is currently developing his dissertation on the architecture and urbanism of nineteenth-century utopian novels into a book, and working on a myriad of other smaller projects, on topics both near to and far from the historic peninsula of Charleston.