Michael Abrahamson



Assistant Professor


School of Architecture


The University of Utah


Michael Abrahamson is an award-winning architectural historian and critic whose research explores the materiality of buildings and the methods of architectural practice across the twentieth century. Through these lenses, his writing reveals the systems of creativity, subordination, and legitimation that undergird the creation of architecture in the professional office and on the construction site. His Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Michigan centered on four critical projects by the late modernist architectural firm Gunnar Birkerts and Associates, in an attempt to square the assertions of authorial individuality proffered by its figurehead with the day-to-day bureaucratic work of those he employed. Michael published the peer-reviewed research article “Actual Center of Detroit” in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, which unpacked the distinctive design for that city’s General Motors Building prepared by Albert Kahn Associates. He received the Society of Architectural Historians’ Founders Award for this article in 2020. Michael is currently Assistant Professor of Architecture (Clinical) at the University of Utah, where he teaches history surveys, research and professional practice seminars, as well as design studios.