Katherine Solomonson is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Design, where she teaches the history of the built environment in the School of Architecture. She is also affiliated with the Departments of American Studies, Art History, and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. Her teaching and scholarship address the interplay between buildings and landscapes and the cultural values, social practices, and power relations that shape and are shaped by them. Her book, The Chicago Tribune Tower Competition: Skyscraper Design and Cultural Change in the 1920s (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001), examines the ways in which the competition and resulting building became engaged in the growth of consumer culture and the production of national identity. The book received the Society of Architectural Historians' Alice Davis Hitchcock Award.