Jessica Varner

Jessica Varner is an architectural historian and architect whose work focuses on environmental, material, and legal histories of architectural modernity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She has received numerous grants and fellowships, including the Fulbright Foundation, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), the Graham Foundation, and the Martin Society. Her publications include¬†No More Play with Michael Maltzan, her dissertation, “Chemical Desires: Dyes, Additives, Foams, and the Making of Architectural Modernity,” about the role of corporate engineering firms in synthetic chemical building material development, as well as recent articles, book chapters, and projects about chromium, drywall, the history of the EPA, material mitigation, and chemical modernity. She received her B.A. from the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), M. Arch. and M.E.D. from Yale University, and Ph.D. from MIT.