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Michael Windover

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A. & M.A. (University of Western Ontario), Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 5038
Office:475 St. Patrick's Building

On sabbatical from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

I am a historian of modern architecture, design, and material culture with particular interests in the intersections of architecture and other media and the role of the built environment in public cultures. I joined the Art History faculty to teach in the History and Theory of Architecture program in 2012. In addition to my role in SSAC, I am cross appointed to the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture, and I am also adjunct curator of Design at the Canada Science and Technology Museum.

My research has focused around four areas lately. The first has to do with the development, impact, and socio-political consequences of the cultural production known today under the label of Art Deco. My work has looked at sites in Canada, the United States, and India, ranging in scale from a radio in a living room to a skyscraper, NHL hockey arena to super-cinema, and emphasizing the vast reach and cosmopolitan quality of this mode of design. I am currently co-editing with Dr. Bridget Elliott (Western University) the Routledge Research Companion to Art Deco.

book cover imageA second project explores the visual and material culture of radio in Canada. “Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada, 1922-56,” a collaborative project with radio historian Dr. Anne MacLennan at York University, is supported by a SSHRC Insight Grant (2012-2015) that has generated a substantial database of visual culture drawn from popular magazines, newspapers, and archives. It culminated in an exhibition and catalogue in 2017. See for more on this research.

Growing out of my interest in the materiality of radio, I am also working on a book-length project on the architecture of radio, with particular emphasis on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Finally, I have done some work on interior design in Canada, collaborating with Dorothy Stern (Algonquin College).

Courses Taught

ARTH 1201 History and Theory of Architecture 2: 1600 to the present
ARTH 2310 Architecture of Early Modern Europe (1400-1750)
ARTH 2610 Twentieth-Century Architecture
ARTH 2710 Experiencing Architecture
ARTH 3107 History and Methods of Architectural History
ARTH 3710 Architecture and Empire
ARTH 3809B –Art Deco and Interwar Modernity (Winter 2013)
ARTH 4610 Art Deco in Context: Cosmopolitanism, Class, and Culture between the Wars (Fall 2014)
ARTH 4800 Thinking Inside the Box: Perspectives on Interiors (Fall 2015)
ARTH 4800  Architecture and the Mass Media (Fall 2013)
ARTH 4800 Reconstructing Canada: Architecture and Design, 1945-1968 (Fall 2012)
ARTH 5112 Thinking Inside the Box: Approaches to Interiors (Winter 2014)

I have supervised undergraduate and graduate theses and directed readings courses on topics related to architectural history, material culture, and heritage.

A former fourth-year student’s research profile on Carleton’s Discovery Centre site.

Selected publications

Books and Exhibition Catalogues:

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Windover, Michael. Art Deco: A Mode of Mobility. Foreword by Rhodri Windsor Liscombe. Collection Patrimoine Urbain. Québec: Presses de l’Université du Québec, 2012.

Windover, Michael and Anne MacLennan. Seeing, Selling, and Situating Radio in Canada. Halifax: Dalhousie Architectural Press, 2017.

Books Edited:

(in progress) Elliott, Bridget and Michael Windover, eds. The Routledge Companion to Art Deco. London: Routledge.

Chapters in Edited Books:

Windover, Michael.  “Digging in the Gardens: Unearthing the Experience of Modernity in Interwar Toronto.” In Architecture and the Canadian Fabric, edited by Rhodri Windsor-Liscombe, 217-245.  Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011.


Windover, Michael. “Building Radio Publics in Post-war Canada.” Journal of Architecture (forthcoming 2018)

Windover, Michael. “Placing Radio in Sackville, New Brunswick.” Buildings & Landscapes 24, no. 1 (Spring 2017): 46-66.

Windover, Michael. “Designing Public Radio in Canada.” RACAR 40, no. 2 (2015): 42-56. (

Windover, Michael. “Transmitting Nation: ‘Bordering’ and the Architecture of the CBC in the 1930s.” Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada 36, no. 2 (2011): 5-12. (

Windover, Michael.  “Exchanging Looks: ‘Art Dekho’ Movie Theatres in Bombay.” Architectural History 52 (2009): 201-232.

Windover, Michael.  “Picturing Modernity: Exploring the Architecture of Pleasure in 1930s North Toronto.”  Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada 32, no. 2 (2007): 55-68. (