Jeffrey Karl Ochsner

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Jeffrey Karl Ochsner (born 1950) is an architect, architectural historian, and professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is known for his research and writing on American architects Henry Hobson Richardson and Lionel H. Pries, and on Seattle architecture; he has also published articles that link architecture and psychoanalysis.[1][2]


Ochsner graduated from Rice University with a B.A. in Architecture in 1973 and a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) in 1976. He worked for Gunnar Birkerts and Associates in Michigan in 1973-74. He was owner/principal of a Houston-based architectural practice, Ochsner Associates, from 1984 to 1987. The firm was responsible for the architecture of the Galveston Island Trolley.

Ochsner has taught at the University of Washington since 1988. He was Chair of the Department of Architecture from 1996 to 2002. He began serving as Associate Dean in the College of Built Environments in 2007.

Ochsner is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. His co-authored book, Distant Corner: Seattle Architects and the Legacy of H. H. Richardson, was selected as one of “100 Top Books by 100 UW Authors" by Columns: University of Washington Alumni Magazine in December 2006. His book, Lionel H. Pries, Architect, Artist, Educator: From Arts and Crafts to Modern Architecture, was a Finalist for the Washington State Book Award in History/Biography in 2008. Publication of Distant Corner and Lionel H. Pries was supported by grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The Second Edition of Shaping Seattle Architecture: A Historical Guide to the Architects received the Heritage Publication Award from Historic Seattle in May 2015.[3] Ochsner is included in the 2007 book The Things They've Done by William T. Cannady.[4]

Ochsner is married to Sandra Lynn Perkins, a trusts and estates attorney.

Ochsner was diagnosed with a choroidal melanoma in 1997; radiation treatment was successful.

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture selected Ochsner as one of five winners of the 2012 ACSA Distinguished Professor Award.[5][6]



Selected Essays[edit]

  • Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, "Meditations on the Empty Chair: The Form of Mourning and Reverie," American Imago 73 (Summer 2016), pp. 131–163.
  • Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, "The Staten Island September 11 Memorial: Creativity, Mourning and the Experience of Loss," in Grief and Its Transcendence: Memory, Identity, Creativity, eds. Adele Tutter and Léon Wurmser, Routledge, London, 2015, pp. 30–47.
  • Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, "Behind the Mask: A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Design Studio," JAE: Journal of Architectural Education 53 (May 2000), pp. 194–206.
  • Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, "A Space of Loss: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial," JAE: Journal of Architectural Education 50 (February 1997), pp. 156–171.
  • Ochsner, Jeffrey Karl, "Understanding the Holocaust through the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum" JAE: Journal of Architectural Education 48 (May 1995), pp. 240–249.


  1. ^ ResearchGate
  2. ^ Google Scholar
  3. ^ 2015Historic Seattle Awards
  4. ^ Cannady, William T. (2007). The Things They've Done: A book about the careers of selected graduates of the Rice University School of Architecture. Houston: Rice University School of Architecture. pp. 97–98. 
  5. ^ 2011-12 ACSA Awards Press Release
  6. ^ ACSA Awards Archive

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