Detlef Mertins, Architect and Historian (1954-2011)
Detlef Mertins holds a B.Arch from the University of Toronto (1980), and a PhD from Princeton University (1996). After teaching at the University of Toronto from 1991 to 2002, he moved to Philadelphia to join the University of Pennsylvania and served as the Chair of the Department of Architecture. Mertins is well-known for his writing on the history of modernism, including Walter Curt Behrendt's The Victory of the New Building Style (Getty Publications, 2000), The Presence of Mies (Princeton Architectural Press, 1994), Metropolitan Mutations: The Architecture of Emerging Public Spaces (The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 1988).
This collection documents Detlef Mertins architectural work and reserch materials, particularly focused on his time at the University of Pennsylvania.