Curriculum Vitae: Jeffrey A. Cohen

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Bryn Mawr College
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Lecturer, Growth and Structure of Cities Department, Bryn Mawr College, January 1995- . Teaching undergraduate courses on the form of the city through history, on American architectural history, Victorian domestic architecture, and other topics.
Instructor, Senior Studio, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, September 1999-December 2000.
Director, Digital Media and Visual Resource Center, Bryn Mawr College, January 1997- . Helping faculty become proficient with new technologies for teaching and guiding the Visual Resources Department, particularly in the use of digital media, while continuing to teach in the Cities program.
Consultant to Marianna Thomas Architects, Philadelphia, 1997-98. As architectural historian working with multidisciplinary team on planning for ISTEA Germantown Avenue Multicultural Heritage Corridor project.
Consultant to the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, 1996-98. Helping initiate a digital catalogue of their architectural drawings collections.
Adjunct Instructor, M.A. Program in Historic Preservation, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD, June-December 1996. Teaching history of American architecture in distance-learning environment.
Director of Research, Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania,1994-96. Supervising students in various projects, most involving digital presentation.
Adjunct Professor, Architecture Department, Drexel University, September-December 1995. Taught course titled "Architectural History on the World-Wide Web."
Lecturer, History of Art Department, University of Pennsylvania, September-December 1993. Taught a graduate seminar on museum approaches and the historical substance connected with the then-forthcoming exhibition on the architecture of Wilson Eyre.
Consultant to Marianna Thomas Architects, Philadelphia, as architectural historian and team leader for interdisciplinary historic structures report, Eastern State Penitentiary, July 1993-December 1994.
Associate Editor for Architectural History, The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Maryland Historical Society, February 1986-September 1994.
Assistant Editor for Architectural History, The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Maryland Historical Society, February 1981-January 1986.
Lecturer, Architecture Department, Drexel University, Philadelphia, September 1977-December 1980. Taught surveys on 18th, 19th, and 20th-century architectural history.
Researcher, surveyor, and photographer for Philadelphia Historic Sites Survey and various historic preservation projects, Clio Group, Inc., Philadelphia, 1977-1980.
Instructor, Art Department, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, fall 1979. Taught modern architecture survey.
Architectural draftsman and surveyor, University Museum Expedition, Cyrene, Libya, summers 1978-9.
Teaching Fellow, Department of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, 1975-77. Taught undergraduate seminars in American Colonial and American Victorian architecture, and served as teaching assistant for courses in modern architecture and American architecture.


  • University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, History of Art Department, Ph.D. December 1991. Dissertation: "The Queen Anne and the Late Victorian Townhouse in Philadelphia 1878-1895."
  • NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Paris, June-July 1998. Subject: "Gothic in the Ile de France" and its presentation using digital media.
  • Victorian Society Summer School, London, summer 1977.
  • University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, B.A., cum laude, December 1974. Majors in art history and architectural design (with distinction).



    "Evidence of the Architectural Libraries of Benjamin Henry Latrobe" in James F. O'Gorman and Kenneth Hafertepe, eds., Architects and their Books in the United States to 1845. Amherst, Mass.: University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming, 2001.
    "Evidence of Place: Resources Documenting the Philadelphia Area's Architectural Past," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 124 (January/April 2000).
    "Forms into Architecture: Reform Ideals and the Gauntlet of the Real in Latrobe's Surveyorships at the United States Capitol," in Donald R. Kennon, ed. The United States Capitol: Designing and Decorating a National Icon. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 1999.
    "Life and Afterlife of an Editorial Project: The Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1970-1995," Annotation 27:2 (June 1999): 16-18.
    With Charles E. Brownell, The Architectural Drawings of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 2 vols. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
    "Accommodation and Redefinition in the Twentieth Century," in Norman Johnston, Eastern State Penitentiary: Crucible of Good Intentions, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1994, pp. 80-99.
    "Building a Discipline: Early Institutional Settings for Architectural Education in Philadelphia, 1804-1890," Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 53, June 1994, pp. 139-83.
    "Rowhouse Heaven" [uncredited], in Kenneth Finkel, ed., Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens' Manual, Philadelphia, 1994, p. 100.
    With George E. Thomas and Michael J. Lewis, Frank Furness: The Complete Works, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1991; expanded and corrected in rev. ed, 1996.
    Associate Editor, The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Volume 2, 1805-10, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986; . . . Volume 3, 1811-20, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.
    With James F. O'Gorman, George E. Thomas, and G. Holmes Perkins, Drawing Toward Building: Philadelphia Architectural Graphics 1732-1986, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986, pp. 15-116, 151-53.
    Assistant Editor, The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, Volume 1, 1784-1804. Edited by John C. Van Horne and Lee W. Formwalt. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984.
    "Benjamin Latrobe"; "John Haviland"; and "Hermann Schwarzmann" in American National Biography, New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
    "Benjamin Latrobe"; "Wilson Eyre"; and "Cope & Stewardson" in The Dictionary of Art. Edited by Hugh Brigstocke. London: Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 1996.
    "John Haviland," in Master Builders: A Guide to Famous American Architects. Edited by Diane Maddex. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Press, 1985.




    With Owen Robins, "Sedgeley Park Estate," an historic structures report for the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust, Inc., August 1995.
    With Finn Hornum, Leslie Patrick-Stamp, David Cornelius, Michele Taylor, and Emma Lapsansky, "Eastern State Penitentiary, Historic Structures Report," 3 vols., July 1994.
    "Peripheral Visions," a research project on a set of grand suburban houses around Philadelphia photographed in the late nineteenth century, 1992-.
    "The Franklin and Pennsylvania Fire Insurance Database," an ongoing project to computerize the 60,000 illustrated 19th-century building surveys at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (comprising 25,000 records to date), 1987-.
    "Records of the Carpenters' Company of the City and County of Philadelphia," a detailed description of the 18th-20th century records of this organization, now held at the American Philosophical Society, 1992.
    "Architectural Books at the Carpenters' Company, 1794-1857," a bibliography and report for the Carpenters' Company, 1992.
    "Washingtoniana II," identification and discussion of architectural drawings by B. H. Latrobe and others for a catalogue and eventual publication on the holdings of Library of Congress relating to the architecture of the national capital, 1992.
    "Architectural Themes at Decatur House," for Decatur House Self-Study Program, Washington, D.C., June 1990.
    "Philadelphia Rowhouses, Fashionable and Respectable," a database and report for the Atwater Kent Museum, Philadelphia, April 1989.
    With T. Sayler Brown, "The Farmers and Mechanics Bank, Philadelphia, 1853-1855, Historical Survey," part IV of a feasibility study by Bower, Lewis, Thrower/Architects for the American Philosophical Society, October 1981.



    "Makers' Motives and Users' Pathways in the Documentation of Place," keynote for conference, "Architectural Records: Preserving and Managing the Documentation of Our Built Environment," organized by the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts and the National Park Service, Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 3-5 May 2000.
    Chair for session "Architectural Modernities and Social Meanings," annual conference, Society of Architectural Historians, Houston, 15 April 1999.
    Chair for session "Ordering Urban Space," annual conference, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Columbus, Georgia, 8 May 1999.
    "Places in Time," conference of American Association for History and Computing, Temple University, 25 April 1999.
    Chair for session "Frames for Civic Action: The City Square as Stage," The Savannah Symposium on the City Square, Savannah, 26 Feb. 1999.
    Panel member in symposium, "Collaborative Solutions to Collections Access," annual conference, The Museum Computer Network, Philadelphia, 29 October 1999.
    With Paula Behrens, "Building with Megabytes: Establishing Web-Based Image Collections for Architectural History," annual conference, CHART (Computing in the History of Art) Conference, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 25 September 1998.
    "From Harmony of Form to Poetry of Evocation: The Architectural Journey of Cope & Stewardson," Friends of the Bryn Mawr College Library, March 1998.
    "Two Architectural Libraries in Philadelphia from the Close of the 18th Century: One Extant, One Reconstructed," symposium: "Architects and Their Books in the United States to 1845, Historic Deerfield and Wellesley College, November 1997.
    "The Philadelphia Rowhouse," Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore, April 1997.
    "Two Old New Washington Homes: Frozen Victorian Aspirations in Rediscovered Records," symposium "Who Built Washington," National Building Museum, March 1997.
    "Aligned Ambitions: Graphic Sophistication among Architectural Amateurs, Builders, and Professionals at the Close of the 18th Century," symposium in conjunction with exhibition, "Perspective of Anglo-American Architecture," Athenaeum of Philadelphia, September 1995.
    "Forms into Architecture: Reform Ideals and the Gauntlets of the Real in Latrobe's Surveyorships at the United States Capitol, 1803-1817," United States Capitol Historical Society, September 1995.
    "Latrobe's Classicism," Institute for the Study of Classical Architecture, New York Academy of Art, June 1995.
    "A Modern Classicism in the 1850s: John M. Gries and his Three Philadelphia Bank Buildings," Delaware Seminar in American Art, History, and Material Culture, University of Delaware, May 1995.
    "The Use of Interactive Multimedia in Architectural Exhibitions," in "Collecting, Conserving, Exhibiting Architectural Drawings," workshop for Society of American Archivists at annual meeting of American Association of Museums, Philadelphia, May 1995.
    "Integrating Eyre: Research Frame and Presentation Medium," colloquium in Art History Department, University of Pennsylvania, April 1995.
    "Graced Places," interactive multimedia project presented in electronic poster session, Society of Architectural Historians annual meeting, Seattle, April 1995.
    "Seeing Eyre: The Work of a Late 19th-century Architect and Strategies for its Presentation," Thomas Jefferson Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, Charlottesville, Virginia, November 1994.
    "The Main Line of Artistic Suburban 'Cottages': Tracing Footsteps from Two Late Victorian Publications," for four-part series "Cottage to Country House, The Main Line 1870-1940," Lower Merion Preservation Trust, April 1994.
    Co-convener and commentator, Notes, Queries, and New Discoveries session, Society of Architectural Historians, Annual Meeting, April 1993.
    Commentator for session, "Editing and Publishing in the Digital Age," Association for Documentary Editing, Annual Meeting, October 1993.
    "John Myers Gries, Frank Furness, and a Change in Architectural Values," AIA Bookstore, Philadelphia, May 1993.
    "Styles and Species: The Observations of William Neale Lockington, Late Nineteenth Century Critic, Architect, and Naturalist in Philadelphia," Philadelphia Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, November 1992.
    "Philadelphia Fire Insurance Records: Some New Light on 19th-Century Housing," New York Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, October 1991.
    "Latrobe's Architectural Career: An Illustrated Survey of Some Recent Discoveries," Stephen Decatur House, Washington, D.C., September 1991.
    "Image Building in the Gilded Age, 1865-1890," Foundation for Architecture, Philadelphia, a yearly lecture for their guide-training series, 1991-95.
    "Two Fire Insurance Archives and Some Unintended Beneficiaries," Philadelphia Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, November 1990.
    "Victorian Architects and Architecture in West Philadelphia," University City Arts League, Philadelphia, April 1990.
    "Philadelphia Rowhouses and Their Plans," for session titled "Philadelphia: the Rowhouse and Its History," national convention, National Trust for Historic Preservation, October 1989.
    "A Weakness for Semicircles: Latrobe, Mills, and a Visible Legacy," for "American Architectural Practice: The Formative Years," a symposium sponsored by the American Architectural Foundation, at the Octagon, Washington, D.C., March 1989.
    "Unlayering Thens: Earlier Philadelphias," for series titled "Philadelphia, Then and Now," Library Company of Philadelphia, fall 1988.
    "The Quad Ell and the Rosette Block: Two Characteristic Features of 19th-Century Architecture in Philadelphia," Atwater Kent Museum, Philadelphia, March 1988.
    "The Aesthetic Movement and Architectural Design," for "Art Nouveau and the Aesthetic Movement," a public lecture series, University of Pennsylvania, November 1987.
    "Cosmopolitan Modernism and Professional Ambition: William Strickland's First Church and the Screened Arch," for "Speaking Stones: The Language of Architecture," a conference organized by the Philadelphia Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, November 1986.
    "Lines of Intention: Motives, Makers, and Mysteries," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, November 1986.
    "Lines of Intention: Narrative Strands and Episodic Approaches to Architectural History," Latrobe Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, Washington, D.C., October 1986.
    "The Queen Anne and the Late Victorian Townhouse in Philadelphia," Buell Center for American Architecture, Columbia University, April 1985.
    "Social Gestures in Architectural Style: Symbols of Wealth, Identity, and Pedigree in Late Nineteenth Century Philadelphia Townhouses," Temple University Center for Public History, inaugural symposium: "Russell Conwell's Philadelphia," November 1984.


    Late 18th-century and early 19th-century Neoclassical architecture; the Queen Anne and the Aesthetic Movement; architectural drawings; mid-19th-century classicism and the use of architectural mouldings; early architectural professionalism and education in the U.S.; developers and housing in the 18th and 19th centuries; urban housing types and plans; ancient classical architecture; Philadelphia architecture, topography, and historiography; American townhouses and suburban houses, 1870-1900; American architectural journalism and criticism in the late 19th-century; architectural history and interactive multimedia.

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