Associate Professor of Fine Arts
Modern & Contemporary Architecture
(post)Colonial & Critical Theory
Islamic Art & Architecture
Talinn Grigor (Ph.D., MIT, 2005) is an Associate Professor of modern and contemporary architecture in the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University. Her research concentrates on the cross-pollination of architecture and (post)colonial politics, focused on Iran and India. Her first book, Building Iran: Modernism, Architecture, and National Heritage under the Pahlavi Monarchs (Prestel, 2009) examines the link between official architecture and heritage discourses in 20th-century Iran. Contemporary Iranian Art: From the Street to the Studio (Reaktion, 2014) explores Iranian visual culture through the premise of the art historical debate of populist versus avant-garde art that extends into the identity politics of the exile. A co-edited book with Sussan Babaie, entitled Persian Kingship and Architecture: Strategies of Power in Iran from the Achaemenids to the Pahlavis (I.B. Tauris, 2014), investigates the architectural legitimization of royal power through Iran’s long history. Her articles have appeared in the Art Bulletin, Getty Research Journal, Third Text, Journal of Iranian Studies, Thresholds, and DOCOMOMO among others. Past grants and fellowships include the Getty Research Institute, Cornell University, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Soudavar Memorial Foundation, the Soros Foundation, the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute and the Aga Khan at MIT. Her present project deals with the turn-of-the-century European art-historiography and its links to eclectic-revivalistic architecture in Qajar Iran and the British Raj.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Arch.
University of Southern California, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research (2012)
Visiting Scholar at the Center for Near Eastern Studies, University of California Los Angeles (2012)
Soudavar Memorial Foundation, subvention for Persian Kingship, London & Geneva (2010)
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund, subvention for Contemporary Art, Brandeis University (2010)
Tomberg Research Funds, Brandeis University (2010)
Soudavar Memorial Foundation publication grant (2009)
Tomberg Research Funds, Brandeis University (2009)
Getty Research Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship (2008)
Scott Opler Emerging Scholar Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians (2007)
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University (2005)
Honorable Mention for Best Dissertation, Foundation for Iranian Studies (2005)
Fellow for Excellence in Persian Studies, Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute (2003)
Ittleson Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art (2003)
Historians of Islamic Art travel grant (2002)
American Institute of Iranian Studies research grant (2000)
Aga Khan Grant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1998)
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