Anna Vallye

Anna Vallye

Assistant Professor of Art History and Architectural Studies

Joined Connecticut College: 2017

M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
B.A., Vassar College


History of 20th century architecture

History of urban planning

Interwar avant-garde art and architecture

Anna Vallye is a scholar of modern architecture. She is especially interested in how twentieth-century regimes of political administration and governance in Europe and America influenced the professional identities of architects and planners, their work, and the organization of the urban environment. Vallye is currently at work on a book titled Model Territories: German Architects and the Shaping of America’s Welfare State, about the American careers of émigré architects Walter Gropius, Martin Wagner, and Ludwig Hilberseimer, and their contributions to urban planning. 

She is the editor and co-director of Mapping Urban Renewal in New London, 1941-1975a collaborative student-faculty-staff digital public history project that explores urban renewal and highway construction in New London, CT through archival documentation, interactive mapping, and resident recollections.

In 2021, she is a NOMIS Fellow at eikones—Center for the Theory and History of the Image, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Vallye has a notable background in curatorial practice. She curated Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis (Philadelphia Museum of Art and Museo Correr, Venice, 2013-2014), the catalogue for which was awarded the 2014 Dedalus Foundation prize for its scholarship of modernism. She has worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and as an intern, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was the recipient of the Junior Fellowship in the Mellon Humanities, Urbanism and Design Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania; the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at Washington University in St.Louis; and the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Like her scholarship, Vallye’s courses locate architectural history in a broad social and intellectual context, linking it to multiple fields of study. She encourages students to explore how the built environment influences social life in all its cultural, political, and economic dimensions. At Conn, she is a faculty fellow of The Ammerman Center for Art and Technology and affiliated faculty in the American Studies Program. 


Courses Taught

ARC/AHI 103 CC: Building Cultures

ARC/AHI/AT/AMS 473: Urban Renewal in America: New London

ARC/AHI 470: Time Capsule: New London

ARC/AHI 225: Between Art & Industry: The Bauhaus School of Design

ARC/AHI 273: History of City Planning

ARC/AHI 274: Case Studies in Modern Architecture

ARC/AHI 469: Modern Architecture Faces the Metropolis

ARC/AHI 375: The Architectural Imaginary: Encounters Between Art and Architecture


Recent publications


Urban Renewal and Highway Construction in New London, 1941-1975, edited by Anna Vallye. New London, CT: New London County Historical Society, forthcoming 2021.

Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis, edited by Anna Vallye. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013. With contributions by Christian Derouet, Maria Gough, Stuart Liebman, Spyros Papapetros, and Jennifer Wild.

Léger 1910-1930: La visione della città contemporanea, edited by Anna Vallye. Venice: Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia and Milan: Skira editore, 2014.

Selected Essays

“’Balance-Sheet’ City: Martin Wagner and the Visualization of Statistical Data,” Journal of Urban History 46 (January 2020): 334-363.

"Bauhaus.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, edited by Kevin Murphy. New York: Oxford University Press, 15 June 2020,

“From Siedlung to Township: The Martin Wagner-Walter Gropius Collaboration at Harvard, the 1940s.” In Dust & Data: Bauhaus Trajectories in 100 Years of Modernism, edited by Ines Weizman, 480-494. Leipzig: Spectorbooks, 2019.

“Gyorgy Kepes’s ‘Universities of Vision’.” In Émigré Design Cultures: Histories of the Social in Design, edited by Elana Shapira, 175-190. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.

Review of Pierre Chareau: Modern Architecture and Design, Exhibition at the Jewish Museum, NYC. In JSAH: Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 76 (September 2017): 405-407.

“Léger envoie un pneumatique à Cendrars.” In Fernand Léger: Le Beau est partout, edited by Arianne Coulondre, 37-46. Metz: Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2017.

“Between the Easel and the Mural: On the Social Ambitions of Painting in Space.” In Fernand Léger: Painting in Space, edited by Katia Baudin, 50-55. Cologne: Museum Ludwig, 2016.

On Antoine Pevsner’s Bas-relief en creux (Sunken Bas Relief), 1926-27. In Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum Collection Catalogue, edited by Sabine Eckmann, 125-129. St.Louis: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University St.Louis, 2016.

Multiple Entries. The Keith and Kathy Sachs Collection Catalogue, edited by Carlos Basualdo, 37-38, 41-42, 51-52, 59-62, 69-70, 71-72, 113-114, 201-204.  Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2016.

“The Middleman: Kepes’s Instruments.” In A Second Modernism: MIT, Architecture and the ‘Techno-Social’ Moment, edited by Arindam Dutta, 144-185. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013.

“On the Space of an Exhibition,” Yale Press Log, 3 December 2013,

“The Strategic Universality of trans/formation, 1950-1952,” Grey Room 35 (Spring 2009): 28-57.

“The Reenchantment of the World: Ruth Vollmer’s Science.” In Thinking the Line: Ruth Vollmer, 1961-1978, edited by Nadja Rottner and Peter Weibel, 86-113. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2006.


Major or minor in art history.

Major or minor in architectural studies. 


Contact Anna Vallye

Mailing Address

Anna Vallye
Connecticut College
Box # ART HISTORY/Cummings Arts Center
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


Cummings Arts Center