Iain Boyd Whyte is Professor of Architectural History. He has written extensively on architectural modernism in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands, and on post-1945 urbanism. Beyond architecture, has also published on aesthetics, twentieth-century German art, and Anglo-German literary relations.
Iain studied at Nottingham, Cornell, Cambridge, and Leeds Universities. After completing his PhD at Cambridge, he lived for several years in what was then West Berlin. He was appointed to a lectureship at Edinburgh in 1988 and to a professorship in 1996. From 2002 to 2005 he was seconded to the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles, as a Senior Project Officer, and on his return to Edinburgh in 2005 was appointed Director of VARIE (Visual Arts Research Institute Edinburgh).
A former fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung and a Getty Scholar, Iain has been as a Trustee of the National Galleries of Scotland, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and is currently chair of RIHA, the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art. He served on the Art History panel for the UK Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, and is an advisor to the national research councils in Austria, Belgium, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, and Switzerland.
Iain has taught at every level of the MA course in architectural history, with particular interests in nineteenth and twentieth-century architecture in Germany and Austria, and in North American design and planning. He has also supervised over thirty successful doctoral dissertations.