David Friedman is Professor Emeritus of the History and Theory of Architecture. He joined the faculty in 1978, and teaches courses in the history of urban form and Italian Renaissance architecture. His current research focuses on the history of mapping and its application to urban design.
Friedman graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in 1965, attended the University of Munich for a year, and received a PhD from Harvard University in 1972. He has held fellowships at I Tatti in Florence (1969-71, 1976, 1988), the American Academy in Rome (1988-89), and the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton (1985). His book Florentine New Towns: Urban Design in the Late Middle Ages (MIT Press) won the Alice Davis Hitchcock award from the Society of Architectural Historians for the most distinguished work of architectural history in 1989.
Visual Documents, Property Archives, and the Map of the City of Rome: 1563 – 1712." Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians.71 (2012). "
Urban Design Without Maps." Arnolfo's Moment. Florence, Italy: Villa I. Tatti, 2009.