Anna Bokov

Architect, Historian
Faculty at the Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design

Anna Bokov is an architect, educator, and historian. She holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and an M.Arch. from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She teaches at the Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design. Formerly she has taught at Cornell AAP, Yale School of Architecture and Yale School of Art, Northeastern University, and Harvard University. Anna has worked as an architect and urban designer with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture; NBBJ; Gluckman Mayner Architects and Polshek Partnership (Ennead); and the City of Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. She collaborates with the nonprofit organization Terreform ONE. Anna is a recipient of the Graham Foundation Grant, Mellon Fellowship, and Beinecke Research Grant at Yale. Her research has been presented at MoMA, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Columbia University, Canadian Centre for Architecture, AIA New York, and Venice Biennale. Her work has been published in The Journal of Architecture, Perspecta 52, Walker Art Center Primer, Dust & Data: Traces of the Bauhaus across 100 Years. Her upcoming book, titled Avant-Garde as Method: Vkhutemas and the Pedagogy of Space, 1920-1930 is dedicated to the little known chapter in the history of early modern design education, focusing on the Soviet counterpart of the Bauhaus. Anna is currently working on curating events dedicated to the centennial of Vkhutemas in 2020.


Vkhutemas + Bauhaus: On Common Origins, Different Futures, and Creation with Fire

In 2018, on the eve of the Bauhaus centenary, the exhibition BAUHAUS ↔ VKhUTEMAS: Intersecting Parallels in The Museum of Modern Art Library explored the intersecting parallels of these two sites of radical experimentation. Its selection of ephemera, publications, and correspondence highlights the extensive circulation of ideas and people between the two institutions. The video here features Anna Bokov’s presentation at a “post presents” event organized in relation to the exhibition on October 17, 2018.