Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Max Sternberg's research interests cover both contemporary and historical areas of architecture. As the Deputy Director of the Urban Conflicts Research Partner his work falls within urban studies. He has worked on Israel-Palestine, North Africa, and more recently on the German-Polish Border. Here his research focuses on the interplay of politics, religion and spatial practices in ethno-national conflicts in Jerusalem.
He has also worked on the social meanings of architecture in the Middle Ages, and the interaction of religious reform, monastic architecture and the urban environment. This is linked to his interest in the ongoing role of Romantic conceptions of history in modernism, as well as the relationship between philosophy and architecture more broadly.
Max received his PhD in the History and Philosophy of Architecture in 2007 at the Department of Architecture in Cambridge University. Following post-doctoral scholarships in Paris and Rome, he returned to Cambridge as a Research Associate of the ESRC-funded project ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’. He was appointed university lecturer at the Department of Architecture in Cambridge in 2009. Sternberg is a fellow of Pembroke College and deputy director of the Centre of Urban Conflicts Research.