Oxford Bibliographies on Architecture, Planning & Preservation (Oxford University Press)
Peer-Reviewed Article, 2022

Though he has been marginalized in most mainstream accounts of modern architecture, Albert Kahn (b. 1869–d. 1942) is increasingly considered one of the most important and consequential US architects of the 20th century. Kahn is known primarily for the technically innovative and rigorously functional factory buildings that his still-extant firm Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (founded 1903) designed for automotive manufacturers, including the Ford Motor Company, but his firm was also responsible for hundreds of eclectically styled buildings for other purposes in Detroit, Michigan. This bibliography surveys literature on Kahn and his firm within ten thematic categories, including texts by Kahn and his siblings, contemporaneous criticism, those dismissive of his firm‘s relevance to histories of modernism, and the recent turn in scholarship toward crediting Kahn with substantial contributions to twentieth-century architecture.

Partners of Albert Kahn Associates, Detroit, 1920s. Albert Kahn Associates records, Bentley Historical Library.