Associate Professor, Architecture
Office: Daggy 318
Gruen’s principal research involves American architecture and urbanism. He is particularly interested in the tug-of-war between the marketing of the built environment and its experience in human action and memory—themes he also brings into the classroom. His book, Manifest Destinations: Tourist Encounters in the Late-Nineteenth Century Urban American West (2014), explores this issue with respect to boosters and visitors in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago. Gruen has published aspects of this manuscript in the Journal of the West (2002) and in Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage: Global Norms and Urban Forms in the Age of Tourism (Routledge: 2001).
Gruen’s work also has appeared in Montana: The Magazine of Western History (2011) as well as in textbooks, anthologies, and encyclopedias on subjects ranging from monumental urban architecture in the United States to the planning and design of Disneyland in Anaheim, California. He has delivered papers at twenty-five professional conferences, authored more than ten book reviews, and provided the introductory essay for Architectura: Elements of Architectural Style (Barron’s Educational Series, 2008). He chaired a session on architectural tourism for the Society of Architectural Historians’ conference in 2014.
Locally, Gruen volunteers for the City of Pullman Historic Preservation Committee, and served for five years on the Pullman Planning Commission. He also chairs the WSU Historic Preservation Commission and, as of 2013, serves as a member of the Honors Council for WSU’s Honors College.
Recently, Gruen served as Director of the School of Design and Construction (2015-2017) after serving the previous two years as Interim Director and Assistant Director, respectively. Gruen was awarded professional development leave for the academic year 2017-2018 before transitioning back to faculty.
Pullman Walking Tour (Spring seminar, 2014)
Red Brick Roads (Spring seminar, 2013)
Gruen selected as Honors College fellow (Spring 2017)
Ph.D. in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley (2004)
M.A. in the History of Architecture and Art, University of Illinois, Chicago (1995)
B.A. in Art History/Criticism, University of California, San Diego (1992)
School of Design + Construction
Washington State University
100 Dairy Road
PO Box 642220
Pullman , WA 99164-2220