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Amy Finstein

Amy Finstein
Visiting Lecturer
Tower 541
Ph.D. - University of Virginia; M.A.H. - University of Virginia; B.A. - Brandeis University
Professional Experience: 


  • 2015 - “From ‘Cesspool’ to ‘The Greatest Improvement of its Kind’: Wacker Drive and the Recasting of the Chicago Riverfront, 1909-1926,” Journal of Planning History 14.4 (November 2015): 287-308
  • 2012 - Film review, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Chad Freidrichs, dir. Preservation Education and Research 5 (2012): 105-106
  • 2010 - Book review, Robert Moses and the Modern City: The Transformation of New York, eds. Hilary Ballon and Kenneth T. Jackson. Trans. Hélène Bourguignon. Vingtième Siècle 106 (April-June 2010): 299-300 
  • 2005 - “Before the Big Dig: Boston’s Central Artery as a Construct of Mid-Century Modernity.” ARRIS: Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians 16 (Winter 2005): 69-81


  • “Gropius Copying Gropius?: The Abele House and the Spread of Suburban Modernism,” New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Boston, MA 
  • “The Car on High Along the Hudson: Celebrating Mobility on Manhattan’s Western Waterfront,” Popular Culture Association Conference – National Conference, Seattle, WA 
  • “Imitation, Collaboration and Architectural Consumerism: Gropius, Breuer and Midcentury Modern in Metro-Boston,” Modernism in New England Symposium, Wellesley College/Historic Deerfield, Wellesley, MA 
  • “Looking Without Categorizing: Reinventing Formal Analysis,” New England Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians – Teaching Symposium, Boston, MA 
  • “Medical City, City Beautiful: Architecture and Legacy at Harvard Medical School,” Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • “The Lens of the Central Artery: Imaging Nine Decades of Change in Boston,” Boston Society of Architects, Architectural Photography Network, Boston, MA


  • 2013 - Scholarship, Program in New England Studies, Historic New England
  • 2008 - Travel Grant, International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic, and Mobility
  • 2006 - Michael Robinson Award for best article in public works history, Public Works Historical Society

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Architectural Historians (National and New England) 
  • College Art Association
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