Gwen Wright from "History Detectives," whose full name is Gwendolyn Wright, is one of the hosts of the PBS series which is devoted to exploring the complexities of historical mysteries.

Gwen Wright is Professor of architecture at Columbia University and also holds appointments in Columbia's departments of history and art history. In 1985, she was the first woman to receive tenure in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. She is one of the most-respected thinkers in her field. And when the history detectives started working together, the team quickly learned to take full advantage of her mental acuity. When the search for evidence hits a roadblock (and every investigation eventually does) the team relies on Gwen to come up with well-reasoned suggestions and alternative strategies.

The detective most likely to think outside the box, Gwendolyn is particularly adept at organizing the clues and weighing the evidence. Even when there's a break in the investigative action, some corner of her brain will still be sifting the puzzle pieces in search of solutions.

She received her M.Arch. and PhD. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. Academic awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Getty Fellowship, and election to the Society of American Historians which honors literary quality.

Wright has focused principally on American architecture and urbanism from the late-nineteenth century to the present day. She has also written extensively about transnational exchanges, especially colonial and more recent neo-colonial aspects of both modernism and historic preservation. She is the author of six books and scores of articles.

Her newest book is "USA," part of the "Modern Architectures in History" series from Reaktion Books. "USA" recasts established ideas about American modernism by highlighting key shifts and conflicts about work, homes, and public life from 1865 to the present. Architecture and the entire built environment provide a matrix that interweaves social norms and individual imaginations, high art and popular culture, prevailing conditions and visions of change.

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