Michael Abrahamson portrait
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, School Of Architecture


  • PhD, Architecture History and Theory, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan. Project: "Testing the Establishment: Authorial Signature and Professional Method in the Architecture of Gunnar Birkerts, 1958-81"
  • Master of Architectural Studies - Criticism, Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University
  • B.Arch, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent State University


Michael Abrahamson is an architectural historian and critic whose research explores the materiality of buildings and methods of architectural practice in the twentieth century. His PhD dissertation at the University of Michigan centered on the important late modernist architectural firm Gunnar Birkerts and Associates. Michael has also published on the Detroit firm Albert Kahn Associates and on the architectural style known as Brutalism. In these and other research projects, Michael explores the systems of creativity, subordination, and legitimation that have enabled the creation of architecture in the twentieth century and beyond.