We might think of architectural history as a sub-field of history or event of art history. In this lecture, Mark Jarzombek will discuss how architectural history in the las decades has risen to the level of the geo-political. This transformation had a lot to do with the emergence the post-WWI and post-Cold War nation state and was facilitated by UNESCO, the museum-boom beginning in the 1980s and the tourist industry. The result is an emerging tension between architectural history as an academic discipline and architectural history as part of a construction of local populist imaginaries. One of the results of this transformation is that though we supposedly live a global age, the possibility of writing a global history of architecture is ever more elusive.