Elliott Sturtevant's research sits at the intersection of the disciplines of architectural and urban history with histories of technology, business, and the environment. Earning a PhD in Architecture at Columbia University, his dissertation “Empire’s Stores: Corporate Architecture and Entrepôt Urbanism in America, 1893–1933,” identifies the architectures, landscapes, and visual cultures of American business as key sites and agents of the United States’ territorial and economic expansion at the turn of the twentieth century. Extending our understanding of the architecture and urbanism of US industry and commerce, “Empire’s Stores” turns to the design, construction, and maintenance of transnational and transimperial supply chains.
Sturtevant's research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, the Wolfsonian–Florida International University, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Graham Foundation, and the Hagley Museum & Library, among others.
Previously, Sturtevant worked as an editor and researcher at the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University and the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. He is currently the Managing Editor of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative's online platform we-aggregate.org. He holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Toronto and a B.S. in Architecture from McGill University. In Fall 2023, Sturtevant will co-teach the Interdisciplinary Design Studio [ARC 205/URB 205/LAS 225/ENV 205] with Prof. Mario I. Gandelsonas, which focuses on social forces that shape design thinking.
Sturtevant’s fellowship is made possible through the support of the Mellon Foundation.