Gruen, Phil

Gruen, Phil

Associate Professor, Architecture

Phone: 509-335-2309
Office: Daggy 318

J. Philip (Phil) 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.

Gruen serves as a member of the Honors Council for the WSU Honors College and was named a Fellow in spring 2017. Locally, Gruen is active with the City of Pullman Historic Preservation Committee, Pullman Planning Commission, and the WSU Historic Preservation Commission.

Gruen served as Director of the School of Design and Construction (2014-2017) before being awarded professional development leave for the 2017-2018 academic year after which he will transition back to faculty.

Washington State Slept Here: SAH Archipedia and the Question of Significance

Gruen selected as Honors College fellow (Spring 2017)

Curriculum Vitae

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)

Physical Mail

School of Design + Construction
Washington State University
100 Dairy Road
PO Box 642220
Pullman , WA 99164-2220