Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Chair 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"