Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture. His writings span post-World War II reformulations of modernism by émigré architects such as Richard Neutra, Josep Lluis Sert, and Henry Klumb, visual polemics in the urban proposals of Leon Krier and Rem Koolhaas, as well as histories of American refrigerators, picture windows, landscape views, and real estate appraisal.
Isenstadt is the author of The Modern American House: Spaciousness and Middle-Class Identity, which describes the visual enhancement of spaciousness in the architectural, interior and landscape design of American domestic architecture, and co-editor of Modernism and the Middle East: Politics of the Built Environment and Cities of Light: Two Centuries of Urban Illumination. His work has been recognized with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.