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Mary Woods


Sibley Hall, Room 139 E. Sibley



Both in her teaching and scholarship, Mary Woods has a particular interest in how film and photography shape and mediate our experience and understanding of space and the built environment as well as processes of design and the making of cities, landscapes, and buildings across historical periods and around the world.

Beyond the Architect's Eye: Photographs of the American Built Environment explores tradition and modernity in New York City, the American South, and Miami through art, documentary, and photography. This book received subventions from the Graham Foundation, Andrew Wyeth Foundation for American Art Publications, and, at Cornell, the Clarence Stein Institute and AAP's architecture department.

Woods has organized conferences, exhibitions, and film series at Cornell and is the editor for modern and contemporary South Asian architecture for the SAHARA/ArtStor project funded by the Mellon Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her Ph.D. from Columbia University.


  • American Studies Program