Emily C. Morash
Visiting Instructor in Art History
Joined Connecticut College: 2012
B.A., Smith College, M. Arch. Hist., University of Virginia, Ph.D., Brown University (ABD)
Italian modern architecture and design
Architecture and media
Emily Morash offers courses that illustrate how social, political and cultural events shape the built environment.She teaches a range of courses, including the introductory survey (Architecture, 1400-Present), 20th-Century Architecture, Contemporary Architecture, and American Architecture. Her seminars (Politics and Modern Architecture, The Arts & Crafts Movement in America, Le Corbusier) engage with other disciplines including visual studies, film studies, gender and women studies, literature, history and politics to show how buildings and architects operated in complex networks of culture, society and knowledge.
Her research focuses on the dialogue between local traditions and the international dissemination of modernist ideologies, approaches and technologies in Italy.
Her dissertation examines how Italian architectural practice and popular media developed new images of domestic living during the turbulent 1940s through an examination of the architecture and design magazine Lo stile nella casa e nell’arredamento (Style in the Home and Interior Furnishings).
In this research, she highlights a vibrant and active architectural culture that persevered through the incredibly difficult realities of the Second World War and offered solutions to a growing housing crisis that were by and large unheeded in the postwar period with the outside influence of the Marshall Plan. In an increasingly global society and one in which natural and manmade disasters are becoming ever more present, her work provides a historical case study that illustrates the need for local and indigenous design solutions to the problems of reconstruction.