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Dr. Maximilian Sternberg BA Hons, MPhil, PhD

Dr. Maximilian Sternberg, BA Hons, MPhil, PhD

University Lecturer

Fellow of Pembroke College

Director of Studies for Pembroke College

Office Phone: 01223 332971


Maximilian Sternberg received his PhD in the History and Philosophy of Architecture in 2007 at the Department of Architecture in Cambridge University. Following post-doctoral scholarships in Paris and Rome, he returned to Cambridge as a Research Associate of the ESRC-funded project ‘Conflict in Cities and the Contested State’. He was appointed university lecturer at the Department of Architecture in Cambridge in 2009. Sternberg is a fellow of Pembroke College and deputy director of the Centre of Urban Conflicts Research.

Research Interests

Sternberg's research interests cover both contemporary and historical areas of architecture. As the Deputy Director of the Urban Conflicts Research Partner his work falls within urban studies. He has worked on Israel-Palestine, North Africa, and more recently on the German-Polish Border. Here his research focuses on the interplay of politics, religion and spatial practices in ethno-national conflicts in Jerusalem.

Sternberg has also worked on the social meanings of architecture in the Middle Ages, and the interaction of religious reform, monastic architecture and the urban environment. This is linked to his interest in the ongoing role of Romantic conceptions of history in modernism, as well as the relationship between philosophy and architecture more broadly.

Key Publications


Cistercian Architecture and Medieval Society (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

The Struggle for Jerusalem’s Holy Places (London: Routledge, 2013), with W. Pullan, C. Larkin, L. Kyriacou and M. Dumper.

Edited book

Phenomenologies of the City: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Architecture (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015), ed. with H. Steiner.

Journal articles

‘Transnational urban heritage? Constructing shared places in Polish-German border towns.’ City: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action (2017), pp. 1-22

‘Arrested Conflict: Transnational place-making in Polish-German border towns.’ Space and Polity, vol. 20, no.3, pp. 263-279 with Karol Kurnicki

‘Monastic Paradigms in Modernism: Le Thoronet and the Romantic Legacy.’ Journal of Architecture, vol. 17, no.6 (December 2012), pp. 925-949.

with W. Pullan, ‘The Making of Jerusalem’s Holy Basin.’ Planning Perspectives: An International Journal of History, Planning and the Environment, vol. 27, no. 2 (April 2012), pp. 219-42.

Book chapters

 ‘Vorreiter der Moderne? Rezeptionen der Zisterzienserbaukunst im zwanzigsten Jahrhundert.’ In Norbert Nußbaum, Georg Mölich und Harald Wolter von dem Knesebeck (eds.), Die Zisterzienser im Mittelalter (Vienna and Cologne: Böhlau Verlag, forthcoming 2017) ISBN 978-3-412-50718-3. 

‘Medieval Moderns? Cistercians and the City’. In H. Steiner & M. Sternberg (eds.), Phenomenologies of the City: Studies in the History and Philosophy of Architecture. (Farnham: Ashgate 2015): pp. 49-66.

‘Borderlands of the EU: The Spanish Enclave of Ceuta in Morocco.’ with F. Hernández. In W. Pullan & B. Baillie (eds.), Locating Urban Conflicts: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Everyday (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013): 57-75.

with W. Pullan, ‘Designing the Biblical Present: Jerusalem’s “City of David”.’ In A. Webber, U. Staiger & H. Steiner (eds.) Memory Culture and the Contemporary City: Building Sites. (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 106-25 [published under the name of Gwiazda].