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Hans R. Morgenthaler studied art history at the University in Zürich, Switzerland and at Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1984. He is professor in the College of Architecture and Planning, where he teaches architectural history lecture courses and seminars in 20th-century architectural history and theory. He has widely published on the work of Erich Mendelsohn. Subsequently, his research has focused on investigations of the cultural significance and meaning of Modern architecture. In 2015 he published a book in which empathy is used to generate new interpretations and understanding of Modern buildings. His current project expands on the potential of empathy to produce more genuine human reactions to architectural environments. He analyzes how empathy has impacted later 20th-century architectural design theory and exploits this perspective to establish how cities and buildings manage to provide psychologically, socially, and culturally relevant places for human activities and achievements.