History of Art and Architecture

Paul Wu

Graduate Student
Research Interests Architecture, City Planning, World’s Fairs, 19th-20th Century United States, Eclecticism


Paul Wu studies the history of architecture in the United States. His research addresses eclecticism in late 19th and early 20th century architecture and the relationship between aesthetics and historiography . He is particularly interested in American colonial city planning and building projects in the Philippines and Central America and its entanglement with the World’s Fairs and architectural discourse. Prior to joining Brown, Paul worked in professional architecture offices and contributed to the book Way Beyond Bigness (2023). In 2021, he co-led field workshops for the Watershed Weekend event hosted by Exhibit Columbus. Paul received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in Architectural History from Washington University in St. Louis (2017) and Master of Architecture from Yale (2020).