Joss Kiely

Joss Kiely , PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

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Professional Summary

Joss Kiely is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches courses in architectural history and design studio at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has a B.A. from Connecticut College in French language and literature and architectural studies and a Master of Architecture, a Master of Science in Architecture, and a Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. His Ph.D. dissertation examined the close relationship between commercial aviation and the rise of the postwar, global architectural practice focusing on the Detroit-based architecture firm of Minoru Yamasaki and Associates. His ongoing research agenda focuses on ideas of soft power and the Cold War master plan as produced by architecture firms after World War II as well as the rise of an “airport modern” style that ushered in a new wave of widespread commercial air travel.

His research has been generously supported by the Society of Architectural Historians and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS/Luce), and his writings have been published in Arts, CLOG, the Journal of Architectural Education (2020), Arris (2022), the Interior Urbanism Theory Reader (2023), the Journal of Urban Affairs (2023), and in the edited volume, Modernism Below the Mason Dixon Line (expected 2025). He is currently co-authoring a book project with Michael Abrahamson (University of Utah) entitled, Master Plan: Soft Power and the Rise of Architectural Expertise, under advance contract with Princeton University Press (expected 2026). In addition, he sits on the board of the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) and serves as the architectural liaison with SECAC.


Ph.D.: University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning Ann Arbor, MI, 2018 (Architectural History + Theory)

M.Sci. Architecture: University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning Ann Arbor, MI, 2011 (Architectural History + Theory)

M.Arch.: University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning Ann Arbor, MI, 2010 (Design Thesis: "The Voracious Domestic")

B.A.: Connecticut College New London, CT, 2005 (French Language + Literature, Architectural Studies)

Research and Practice Interests

U.S.-based Architecture
Postwar Architecture
Late Modernism
Architecture and National Identity


Peer Reviewed Publications

Joss Kiely (2022. ) Cultural Diplomacy Takes Command: Architecture and Soft Power at the 1959 World Agricultural Fair in New Delhi. ARRIS, , 33 ,

Joss Kiely (2018. ) The Function of Luxury: Visual and Material Abundance in Minoru Yamasaki’s U.S. Consulate in Kobe and the Federal Science Pavilion in Seattle, 1954-62 .Arts, , 7 (2 ) ,

Joss Kiely (2024. ) Heritage Lost, Paradise Found: Architecture, Travel and the Postwar Hawaiian Frenzy .Fabrications, , 34 (3 ) ,

Invited Publications

Joss Kiely (2020. ) Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present .Review of Race and Modern Architecture,

Joss Kiely (2023. ) Who Is the City For? Architecture, Equity, and the Public Realm in Chicago .

Published Books

Joss Kiely and Michael Abrahamson (2026. ) Master Plan: Soft Power and the Rise of Architectural Expertise .Princeton and Oxford , Princeton University Press (Co-Author)

Book Chapter

Joss Kiely (2023 ) Lower West Side Story: The World Trade Center and the Interior Masterplan Interior Urbanism Theory Reader .Routledge

Joss Kiely and Gregory Marinic (2023 ) The Cruise Ship: Urbanism at Sea Interior Urbanism Theory Reader .London, Routledge

Joss Kiely (2025 ) Pride of Placelessness: Dallas Ft. Worth’s ‘One Sumbitchin’ Airport,’” Modernism Below the Mason Dixon Line .