Anthony Vidler received his B.A. in Architecture and Fine Arts, and his Diploma in Architecture from Cambridge University, England, and his Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Dean Vidler was a member of the Princeton University School of Architecture faculty from 196593, during which time he served as the Chair of the Ph.D. Committee, and Director of the Program in European Cultural Studies. He was appointed the William R. Kenan Jr. Chair of Architecture in 1990. In 1993 he took up a position as professor and Chair of the Department of Art History at UCLA, with a joint appointment in the School of Architecture from 1997.
Dean Vidler was appointed Acting Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union in 2001, and has served as Dean of the School since 2002. He is a historian and critic of modern and contemporary architecture, specializing in French architecture from the Enlightenment to the present, and currently teaches ARCH 151, Thesis Design Studio and ARCH 225, Advanced Topics in History, Theory, and Criticism.
He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and was a Getty Scholar, at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities in 199293. His publications include The Writing of the Walls: Architectural Theory in the Late Enlightenment (Princeton Architectural Press, 1987), Claude-Nicolas Ledoux: Architecture and Social Reform at the End of the Ancien Regime (MIT Press, 1990), The Architectural Uncanny: Essays in the Modern Unhomely (MIT Press, 1992), Antoine Grumbach (Centre Georges Pompidou, 1996), and Warped Space: Architecture and Anxiety in Modern Culture (MIT Press, 2000).