Faculty

Alan Plattus
Director of Doctoral Studies

Mr. Plattus began teaching at Yale in 1986 after serving on the faculty of Princeton University for seven years. He is the current director of the School’s Ph.D. program. Mr. Plattus maintains an independent consulting practice in architecture and urban design and is currently consulting for the Stamford Urban Redevelopment Commission and other towns throughout the region. He founded and directs the Yale Urban Design Workshop and Center for Urban Design Research, which undertakes research and design studies for communities throughout Connecticut and the metropolitan region. Mr. Plattus also directs the School’s China Studio, a three-way collaboration among Yale, the University of Hong Kong, and Tongji University, and recently led a Yale and international team to develop plans for a Peace Park along the Jordan River on the Israeli-Jordanian border. He has served on the boards of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Architectural Research Quarterly, as well as the Connecticut Main Street Center and the New Haven Preservation Trust.

Kurt Forster
Emeritus Visiting Professor

Mr. Forster has taught at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, and Bauhaus University at Weimar and founded and directed research institutes at the Getty Research Center in Los Angeles and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. He has organized major exhibitions on Schinkel in Chicago, Carlo Scarpa in Vicenza, Italy, Herzog & de Meuron in Montreal, and for the 2004 Venice Biennale. Mr. Forster has published widely on the history of art and architecture. He is a member of the Research Council of the Palladio Center in Vicenza, Italy, and the Accademia di San Lucca in Rome. Mr. Forster attended the universities of Berlin, Munich, and Florence and received a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich.

Kathleen James-Chakraborty
Vincent Scully Visiting Professor

Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History at University College Dublin, and has taught previously at the Ruhr University Bochum, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota. He has published widely on modern Germany, American, and South Asian architecture. Her latest book, Architecture since 1400, was published in 2014 by the University of Minnesota Press; India in Art in Ireland, which she edited, will appear in the spring from Ashgate. She serves on the board of the Chester Beatty Library, is a past chair of the board of the Irish Architecture Foundation, and is charged with organising the EAHN’s fourth international meeting, which will be held in Dublin Castle in June 2016. She is a graduate of Yale, where she majored in art history, and received her MA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, also in Art History.

Anthony Vidler
Vincent Scully Visiting Professor

Historian and critic, Mr. Vidler is the former Dean of Cooper Union School of Architecture, before which he taught at Princeton and UCLA. His most recent books include The Scenes of the Street and Other Essays (Monacelli Press, 2011), James Frazer Stirling: Notes from the Archive (Yale Press, 2010), and Histories of the Immediate Present: Inventing Architectural Modernism (MIT Press, 2008).


In addition to the department’s core faculty members, the PhD program depends heavily on the teaching contributions of instructors throughout YSOA, including visiting and affiliated professors. Throughout the course of their research, PhD students are expected to actively seek out relevant tutelage from instructors throughout the school.