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Louis Martin

Ph.D. Architecture – Princeton University, Princeton, USA

Louis Martin teaches the history of architecture in the programmes of the Art History Department at UQAM, where he is Professor since 2004.

After graduating in architecture at the Université de Montréal (B.Arch., 1983), he pursued his studies in the history, theory and criticism programmes at MIT (S.M.Arch.S. 1988) and Princeton University (Ph.D. 2002). Using a comparative method, he studies the points of the intersection linking architectural theory and other disciplines.

He is currently working on a critical edition of the writings of Melvin Charney entitled On Architecture. Melvin Charney: A Critical Anthology which will be published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in 2013. His most recent publications includes “Fredric Jameson and Critical Architecture“, The Political Unconscious of Architecture: Re-opening Jameson’s Narrative. Nadir Lahiji, ed. Ashgate Studies in Architecture, London: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, 2011; “History, Theory, Criticism: The Evolution of an Intellectual Discourse“, Architecture School: 250 Years of Architectural Education in North America. Joan Ockman and Rebecca Williamson, eds. Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2012; “Paul Rudolph and the Anglo-American Axis“, Cynthia Davidson, ed. Yale University Press, (to be published).

He has published essays in Log,  Assemblage, Casabella, JSAH, Les cahiers de la recherche architecturale et urbaine, Critique d’art, and ARQ, among others.

Fields of specialization:

Histoire, théorie et critique de l’architecture

Mouvement moderne en architecture

Architecture nord-américaine et québécoise

Research groups:

Laboratoire d’étude de l’architecture potentielle (LEAP), Université de Montréal

Institut de recherche en histoire de l’architecture

 

Research grants:

« Une anthologie critique des écrits de Melvin Charney, architecte et artiste » – En collaboration avec Réjean Legault, professeur, École de Design, UQAM

(FQRSC-LEAP), Université de Montréal, 2008-2009

« Paroles d’architectes : enquête sur la culture architecturale au Québec de 1960 à nos jours. » – Recherche individuelle

Subvention du Programme d’aide financière à la recherche et à la création

(PAFARC), UQAM, 2005-2007

Academic background:

2002 : Ph.D. in  Architecture (Princeton University)

1991 : Master of Arts (Princeton University)

1988 : Master of Science in Architecture Studies (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

1983 : Baccalauréat en architecture (Université de Montréal)

Professional background:

2004- : Professeur d’histoire de l’architecture à l’Université du Québec à Montréal

2003-2004 : Chargé de formation pratique, École d’architecture, Université de Montréal

1997-2002 : Conservateur adjoint, Centre Canadien d’Architecture

1994-1996: Chargé de cours : University of Toronto, McGill University

1988-1989 : Professeur invité, École d’architecture, Université de Montréal

Doctorate thesis

MARTIN, Louis. The Search for a Theory in Architecture : Anglo-American Debates, 1957-1976, Princeton University, novembre 2002.

Masters thesis

Architectural Theory after 1968: A Comparative Study of the Theory and Work of Rem Koolhaas and Bernard Tschumi, M.I.T., août 1988.

 

  • Books
  • Chapters
  • Peer-reviewed articles
  • Conference papers and magazines
  • Exhibitions and research creation
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2013Martin, LouisOn Architecture. Melvin Charney: A Critical Anthology. Introduction by George Baird with essays by Georges Adamczyk, Réjean Legault and Louis Martin, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montréal, 2013
ISBN 9780773541825
Melvin Charney (1935-2012) spent his career working on the border between art and architecture. His internationally celebrated art employed a variety of media including photography, montage, painting, sculpture, and temporary and permanent installations, relentlessly pursuing the meaning of architectural images in the age of mass communication. A long career as an educator was punctuated by several high-profile and contentious interventions into debates about architecture and urban life in Montreal. In spite of his renown, few realize that his legacy is also that of a prolific architectural critic.
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2018Martin, LouisPour une définition de l’architecture au Québec et autres essais de Melvin Charney, Potential Architecture Books, Montréal, 2018
2018Martin, Louis
Lachance, Jonathan
Du potentiel de l’hétéronomie et de l’autonomie en architecture / On the Potential of Heteronomy and Autonomy in Architecture, Potential Architecture Books, Montréal, 2018
ISBN 978-1-988962-01-6
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2008Martin, LouisNotes on the Origins of Oppositions in Alexis Sornin, Helene Janniere, France Vanlaethem (ed) Architectural Periodicals in the 1960s and 1970s: Towards a Factual, Intellectual and Material History / Revues d'architecture dans les années 1960 et 1970: Fragments d'une histoire événementielle, intellectuelle et matérielle, Institut de Recherche en Histoire de l'Architecture, 2008, pp. 146-169link
2009Martin, LouisPaul Rudolph and the Anglo-American Axis in Davidson, Cynthia (ed) Paul Rudolph Revisited, Éditions Yale, 2009
2011Martin, LouisFredric Jameson and Critical Architecture in Lahiji, Nadir (ed) The Political Unconscious of Architecture: Re-opening Jameson’s Narrative, Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2011link
2012Martin, LouisHistory, Theory, Criticism: The Evolution of an Intellectual Discourse in Ockman, Joan, Williamson, Rebecca (ed) Architecture School: 250 Years of Architectural Education, MIT Press, 2012, pp. 336-346
2017Martin, LouisPaul Rudolph and the Anglo-American Axis in Rohan, Timothy M. (ed) Reassessing Rudolph, Yale University, 2017, pp.138-153link
2017Martin, LouisCrise de la monumentalité, monuments en crise in Chupin, Jean-Pierre, Abenia, Tiphaine (ed) Du potentiel des grandes structures urbaines abandonnées / On the Potential of Abandonned Large Urban Structures, Potential Architecture Books, 2017, pp.26-31link
2018Martin, LouisSemiotics and Architecture Revisited (à paraître) in Daminani, Roberto (ed) The Architect and the Public : The Contribution of George Baird to Architecture, Artifice Books, 2018
2018Martin, LouisMelvin Charney and Photography in Langford, Martha, Sloan, Johanne (ed) Photogenic Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2018
2018Martin, LouisThinking Architecture, its Theory and History, A Case Study : Melvin Charney (à paraître) in The Figure of Knowledge : Conditioning Architectural Theory, 196X-199X Sebastiaan Loosen, Yves Schoonjans, Rajesh Heynickx & Hilde Heynen, KU Leuven University Press, 2018
2018Martin, Louis
Lachance, Jonathan
Du potentiel de la tension entre hétéronomie et autonomie en architecture / On the Potential of the Tension between Heteronomy and Autonomy in Architecture in Du potentiel de l’hétéronomie et de l’autonomie en architecture /On the Potential of Heteronomy and Autonomy in Architecture, Potential Architecture Books, 2018, pp.10-17link
2018Martin, LouisBlanc et rouge, ou l’hétéronomie théorique de l’autonomie formelle in Du potentiel de l’hétéronomie et de l’autonomie en architecture /On the Potential of Heteronomy and Autonomy in Architecture, Potential Architecture Books, 2018, pp.28-35link
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2007Martin, LouisRecension de: Team 10, 1953-1981- In Search of a Utopia of the Present, edited by Max Risselada and Dirk van den Heuvel, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, no. 1, 2007
2007Martin, LouisÉlévateurs : une leçon aux architectes », texte d’introduction à Melvin Charney, “Les silos à grains revisités”, traduction de l’anglais par Sophie Jacotot relue par Louis Martin, Les cahiers de la recherche architecturale et urbaine, no. 22/23, 2007
2009Martin, LouisAgainst Architecture, Log, No. 16, 2009, 153-167
2009Martin, LouisVincent Ligteljin, Francis Strauven, Aldo van Eyck, Writings, Les cahiers de la recherche architecturale et urbaine, No. 24/25, 2009, p.223-225
2010Martin, LouisLa critique en temps et lieu, Critique d'art, no. 35, 2010, p. 66
2012Martin, LouisPenser l’architecture et son histoire, publication du Département d’histoire de l’art éditée par Thérèse St-Gelais., 2012
2014Martin, LouisLuc Laporte : les rêves de l’architecte, Vie des Arts, No. 236, 2014, pp.24-27
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2008Martin, LouisRecension de : Ligtelijn, Vincent & Strauven, Francis, eds. Aldo van Eyck: Writings, Les cahiers de la recherche architecturale et urbaine, 2008, 980 pages
2012Martin, LouisRecension de: Lüthi, Dave. La construction de l’architecte. Histoire d’une profession en Suisse Romande 1800-1940, Revue d’histoire urbaine/ Urban History Review, 2012, pp. 48-49
2014Roquet, NicholasRecension de l’ouvrage «Les quatre vies de Melvin Charney. On Architecture. Melvin Charney : a Critical Anthology, sous la direction de Louis Martin», ARQ : Architecture-Québec, No. 167, 2014, pp.38-39
2016/11Martin, LouisEntrevue avec Gustave Maeder, concepteur de l’aménagement intérieur du Pavillon du Québec à l’Expo 67, ARQ : Architecture-Québec, Novembre 2016, no. 177, 2016/11, pp.28-31
2016/05Martin, LouisConversation entre Luc Laporte et Louis Martin, ARQ : Architecture-Québec, Mai 2016, No. 175, 2016/05, pp.20-25
2016/09Martin, LouisLa preuve par l’architecture, Captures : figures, théories et pratiques de l'imaginaire, 2016/09link
2018/05Martin, LouisOnaner, Can. Aldo Rossi, Schweizweit : Recent Architecture in Switzerland, Critique d'art, No. 48, 2018/05, p.174link
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