Marta Gutman, historian and licensed architect, coordinates the program in history and theory at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. She is also a member of the doctoral faculty in Art History at The Graduate Center/CUNY. In her writing and teaching, she examines ordinary buildings and neighborhoods, the history of cities, and issues of gender, class, race, and especially childhood as they play out in the everyday spaces, public culture, and social life of cities in the United States. She’s written about New York City’s WPA pools, showing how kids racially integrated them, and co-edited Designing Modern Childhoods: History, Space and the Material Culture of Children (Rutgers, 2008); her new book, A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014), was named a book of the year by Times Higher Ed—where it was called “a monumental work.” Dr. Gutman also co-edits Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and she sits on the Executive Committee of the City College Faculty Senate, the Faculty Committee on Personnel Matters, and the Council on Inclusive Excellence. The president of City College has commended her service (2013) and the provost her outstanding teaching (2014).

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