Department of Art History and the College
Jacobé Huet is a historian of modern architecture in the Mediterranean. In her current book project, she argues that European modernist architects appropriated formal features from Mediterranean vernacular sources such as North African medinas and Greek island villages. In conjunction with this thesis, she examines how selected Mediterranean figures involved in vernacular discourses forcefully responded to this usurpation of their heritage, thus articulating a reciprocal history of European modernism and Mediterranean vernacular as transcultural objects.
Her writing has appeared in Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. Among other publications in progress, her book chapter titled “Architectural Elusion and Colonialism in Albert Camus’s ‘La maison mauresque’” is forthcoming in Shifting the Paradigm: New Studies in Islamic Art and Architecture in Honor of Professor Gülru Necipoğlu (Brill Publishers, 2025).
Huet graduated cum laude with a BA in art history from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She earned an MA in art history from Williams College and completed a PhD in history and theory of architecture at Harvard University. Most recently, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the State University of New York at Buffalo.