Join Dr. Phil Gruen on a virtual “walking” tour to explore and learn more about the WSU Pullman campus! Moderated by Honors College graduate Thomas LeClair, this event was offered as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the Honors College.
An historian of the built environment with expertise in American architecture and urbanism of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, Gruen’s courses employ the interdisciplinary methods of the cultural landscape while emphasizing interpretation, story, and narrative as crucial tools for reading the built environment. At WSU, he has taught lecture courses and seminars in modern architecture, historic preservation, tourism and travel, vernacular architecture, the cultural landscape, and the global history of design, and he has garnered several awards for teaching excellence. He was awarded as an Honors College Faculty Fellow in 2017 and taught courses in the Honors College in spring of 2019 and 2020.
Gruen’s current research is focused in the Pacific Northwest: he co-coordinated the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia “100 Classic Buildings” project for the state of Washington, investigated the Sunrise development at Mount Rainier National Park, and is conducting research on the buildings and landscapes of the WSU campus.