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Max Page


(413) 545-6940

Design Building Room 238

Max Page is Professor of Architecture. Professor Page teaches in the Master of Design in Historic Preservation program, which trains students for careers in historic preservation and related fields, and in the Master of Architecture program. He received his education at Yale University (BA, magna cum laude in History, 1988) and from the University of Pennsylvania (PhD, 1995). 

Professor Page teaches and writes about the history of cities and architecture. He has written or edited eight books on subjects ranging from the destruction and rebuilding of New York City, in reality and in the imagination, the urbanist Jane Jacobs, the history of historic preservation, the architecture of the UMass campus, and the future of higher education.

Professor Page is very active in fighting for the advancement of public education in Massachusetts. He was president of the Massachusetts Society of Professors, the faculty and librarian union at UMass Amherst and has served in a variety of roles with the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the union of 110,000 public school educators in the state, and PHENOM, the Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts.

He was a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, working on a book on the future of historic preservation.

For more info please visit his personal site, Max Page.


  • The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940 (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which won the Spiro Kostof Award of the Society of Architectural Historians, for the best book on architecture and urbanism.
  • The City’s End:  Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York’s Destruction (Yale University Press, 2008)
  • Building the Nation:  Americans Write About Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Environment (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003, co-edited with Steven Conn), winner of the Alan Noble Award.
  • Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States (Routledge, 2003, co-edited with Randall Mason)
  • The Future of Higher Education (Routledge, 2011, with Dan Clawson)
  • Reconsidering Jane Jacobs (Planners Press, 2011, co-edited with Tim Mennell)
  • Campus Guide to the University of Massachusetts (Princeton Architecture Press, 2013, with Marla Miller
  • Memories of Buenos Aires: Signs of State Terrorism in Argentina (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013), an English-language edition of a book by the human rights organization, Memoria Abierta

Awards and Accolades

  • Chancellor’s Medal, 2015
  • Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, 2003
  • Rome Prize, 2014
  • Fulbright Senior Fellow, 2009
  • Howard Foundation Fellow, 2008

Courses Recently Taught

  • The City
  • Philosophy of Architecture
  • History and Theory of Historic Preservation