Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture


Itohan Osayimwese is an architectural and urban historian. She is Associate Professor of History of Art & Architecture. She engages with theories of modernity, postcoloniality, and globalization to analyze German colonial architecture, urban design, and visual culture; modern architecture in Germany; African and African diaspora material cultural histories; and the architecture of development in Africa. Another research interest is the architectural and urban lives of religious cults.

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On the Web

  • Itohan Osayimwese's new Mellon-funded book
  • Quoted in Jonathan Fine, "Selling Authenticity in the Bamum Kingdom in 1929-1930"
  • Osayimwese Appointed to SAH Executive Committee
  • Colonialism and Modern Architecture Reviewed in American Historical Review
  • Book Details: Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Germany
  • Modern Architectures in Africa,” Cornell Universiy AAP, sponsored by CNY Humanities Corridor
  • Itohan Osayimwese Appointed SAH Board Members
  • 2016 SAH/Mellon Author Award
  • Awarded Andrew Mellon Foundation Fellowship
  • A Statement of Solidarity for Racial Justice at SAH
  • Lecture: Writing a Postcolonial History of Modern Architecture and Urbanism in Germany and Beyond
  • 2020 Schelling Architecture Theory Award
  • In "German Colonialism Revisited: African, Asian, and Oceanic Experiences"
  • Schelling Architecture Theory Award 2020
  • Osayimwese Organizes SAH 2019 Minorities Roundtable
  • Cited in Ariane Isabelle Komeda, "Kolonialarchitektur als Gegenstand transkultureller Forschung: Das Beispiel der deutschen Bauten in Namibia"
  • Cited in Kathleen James-Chakraborty, "Beyond postcolonialism: New directions for the history of nonwestern architecture"
  • 2020 Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative Zoom-Posium
  • 2020 Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative Zoom-Posium
  • Itohan Osayimwese, News from Brown
  • Barbadian Migration to Liberia: Brown Club in New York Event
  • Itohan Osayimwese wins Jeffrey Cook Award
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  • Women in Architecture 2020
  • Women Designers in Rhode Island Walking Tour (Course Taught by Osayimwese)
  • On Black Panther
  • Decolonizing the Museum: A Teach-In
  • "Building Modern Africa," Journal of Architectural Education 68.2
  • In "German Colonialism, Visual Culture, and Modern Memory"