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Taubman College Alumnus Wins Society of Architectural Historians Founders’ Award

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Michael Abrahamson, Ph.D. ’19,  has won the Society of Architectural Historians’ Founders’ Award.

The Founders’ Award annually recognizes an emerging scholar for an article published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians that exhibits excellence in scholarship and presentation. Abrahamson was honored for “‘Actual Center of Detroit:’ method, management, and decentralization in Albert Kahn's General Motors Building,” JSAH vol. 77, no. 1 (March 2018).

Abrahamson is an architectural historian and critic whose research explores the materiality of buildings and methods of architectural practice in the 20th century. In addition to his article on Kahn, his Ph.D. dissertation centered on the important late modernist architectural firm Gunnar Birkerts and Associates. In these and other research projects, Abrahamson explores the systems of creativity, subordination, and legitimation that have enabled the creation of architecture in the twentieth century and beyond.

He is currently a visiting assistant professor of architecture at the University of Utah.

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