Ph.D. Architectural Option


The Architectural Option is a Ph.D. curriculum within the Art History Department designed for students whose research is focused on historical study of architecture. The Option offers training in specialized skill areas for students working in this area. It also takes advantage of a collaborative relationship between UW-Madison faculty and faculty in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) that enables students to take courses at both campuses (known as the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures companion program). Many students involved in the Option also participate in the Material Culture Program. The Architectural Option was approved in June of 2008; the first class matriculated in 2009.


The Ph.D. Architectural Option allows students flexibility in their coursework that enables them to meet requirements of the Ph.D. in Art History while also taking specialized coursework necessary for them to work effectively in the specific study of architectural history. Core requirements include an advanced, specialized methods/historiography course in architectural history that also includes students from UWM (to be taken during the student's 2nd semester in residence) and a fieldschool class (usually taken in the summer). Because work in the field of architectural history requires training not only in art history but also in related fields (such as landscape history, design, material culture, and cultural geography), students also take some of their required coursework outside of Art History. Students may also enroll in the Material Culture certificate program, and they are encouraged to take material culture courses as part of their coursework.

The collaborative relationship between faculty at the UW-Madison and the UW-Milwaukee is facilitated by a special agreement for this program between the two campuses. Faculty participating in the program are also committed to using the buildings and landscapes of the Upper Midwest in our research and teaching. This region offers tremendous possibilities for students to pursue original research on understudied resources. For more on students' study in the region, see the webpage of the Vernacular Architecture Forum's 2012 conference.

For more information on the Architectural Option, please contact Prof. Anna Andrzejewski (

Program/Option Faculty

The following individuals are actively involved in teaching and advising in the program. The student's primary advisor is typically on the home campus, although co-advisors can come from both campuses. The formation of the prelim and final oral committees would consist of five people one of whom may be from UW-Milwaukee. The list of faculty members who teach courses that count toward the option includes faculty from a wide variety of Departments and Programs not listed here, including Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, History, Folklore, the Nelson Institute, and Landscape Architecture.

  • Anna Andrzejewski, Associate Professor, Art History
  • Narciso G. Menocal, Professor Emeritus, Art History
  • Sam F. Dennis, Jr., Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Janet C. Gilmore, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture
  • Arnold R. Alanen, Professor Emeritus, Landscape Architecture
  • Preeti Chopra, Associate Professor, Languages and Cultures of Asia
  • Arijit Sen, Associate Professor, Architecture (UWM)
  • Manu P. Sobti, Associate Professor, Architecture (UWM)
  • Linda Krause, Associate Professor, Architecture (UWM)