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  • Emily Bills

    Part-time Assistant Professor

    Email
    billse@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    A - 66 West 12th Street

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    Emily Bills

    Profile

    Emily Bills is an educator, curator, and author with research interests in urban history and architectural photography. She teaches architectural history and urban studies at The New School in New York and is directing the development of three STEM sustainability programs at Woodbury University in Burbank, CA. Emily was the editor of the Society of Architectural Historians Archipedia project for California. In her former role as managing director of the Julius Shulman Institute, she collaborated on exhibitions featuring photographers Hélène Binet, Pedro E. Guerrero, Catherine Opie, and Richard Barnes, among others. Her most recent curatorial project was After Modernism: Through the Lens of Wayne Thom at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, CA (2022-2023).


    Degrees Held

    B.A. History of Art, University of California, Berkeley

    M.A. History of Architecture and Urban Planning, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

    Ph.D. History of Architecture and Urban Planning, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University


    Recent Publications

    Emily is the coauthor of the award-winning book California Captured: Marvin Rand Mid-Century Modern Architecture (Phaidon, 2018), and the author of Wayne Thom: Photographing the Late Modern (The Monacelli Press, 2020). A forthcoming book Linking Up Los Angeles: How the Telephone Built a City on the history of telecommunications in Southern California is being published by University of Pittsburgh Press. 


    Research Interests

    European and American urban and architectural history, telecommunications, environmental studies, and photographic representation of space.


    Awards And Honors

    Emily's work on telephone infrastructure and the development of Los Angeles received a Graham Foundation Carty Manny Award Citation of Special Recognition. She’s also received fellowship and grant support from the Smithsonian, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Huntington Library, the Society of Architectural Historians, and the Southern California Historical Society. Emily also received a Faculty Development Award at The New School for online curriculum development.


    Current Courses

    Urban Food Systems
    UURB 3274, Spring 2024

    Urban Food Systems
    NFDS 3274, Spring 2024

    Future Courses

    Skyscraper City
    NARH 3870, Summer 2024

    Urban Planning, Design, and So
    UURB 2411, Fall 2024

    Past Courses

    Alternative Housing
    NARH 3876, Summer 2023

    Urban Planning, Design, and So
    UURB 2411, Fall 2023

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