Ralph Ghoche is an historian of architecture and urbanism. He holds professional and post-professional degrees in architecture from McGill University and a PhD in architectural history and theory from Columbia University. His work is focused on nineteenth-century French architecture and its relationship to theories of ornament, archeology and aesthetics. His research has received generous support from the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Getty Foundation, and the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.
Ghoche’s recent publications include “Dans l’atelier de Simon-Claude Constant-Dufeux,” in De l’Orient à la mathématique de l’ornement. Jules Bourgoin (1838-1908) (Picard, 2015), “The Science of the Beautiful: S.C. Constant-Dufeux and the Parabola as Constructive and Symbolic Form,” in Nuts and Bolts of Construction History: Culture, Technology and Society (Picard, 2012), and “Zola’s Volatile Utopia,” in the Journal of Architectural Education (Spring 2013).
Ghoche has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2012-2014), Pratt Institute (2007-2012), and Vassar College (2009). At Barnard College, he teaches on a wide range of topics, including courses on landscape theory and ecology (City, Landscape and Ecology), architecture and the biological metaphor (Architecture and Organicism), surveillance and society (Vision, Surveillance and Power), as well as an introductory course in architectural history, theory and representation (Perceptions of Architecture).