MemberPatricia Morton

…Princeton University, Program in Architectural History, Theory and Criticism, School of Architecture, Ph.D., 1994

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, M.Arch., 1983

Yale University, B.A., 1978…

Patricia A. Morton is Associate Professor of architectural history in the Art History Department. She has received grants and fellowships from the Getty Research Institute, the Fulbright Program, the University of California Humanities Research Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among other institutions. Her book on the 1931 Colonial Exposition in Paris, Hybrid Modernities, was published in 2000 by MIT Press and in Japan by Brücke in 2002. Her current research focuses on postmodern architecture and popular culture, exemplified in the built work and writing of Charles W. Moore. She has published widely on architectural history and issues of race, gender and identity in modern and contemporary architecture. She is Editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and an advisory board member of the European Architectural Historians Network journal, Architectural Histories.

MemberPedro Paulo Palazzo

…Assistant professor of Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism…

Assistant professor, School of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Brasilia. Graduate program assistant director for Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism. Architectural historian, architect, and historic preservationist. Theory and criticism of classical architecture and its influence on 19th- and early 20th-century modernity. Digital documentation and analysis of historic sites and buildings.

MemberVictoria Young

…Professor of Modern Architectural History…
…B.A. New York University

M.A. and Ph.D. in Architectural History University of Virginia…

I am a professor of modern architectural history and chair of the art history department. My research interests include monastic architecture and war museums, particularly those dedicated to WWII. I am currently First Vice President of the Society of Architectural Historians.

DepositAI for Architectural Discourse

Artificial intelligence (AI) has a wide variety of applications. This project will apply AI methods to discourses on historic architecture, a mode of communication inside architectural history that ties together textual descriptions, representations, and structured, logical understanding of the objects under study (buildings). The aim of this project is to develop an ontology, a knowledge representation for architectural history that will make possible applying methods from AI to historic descriptions of architecture. In the long run, this project will provide the means to analyze, interrelate, and even interconvert verbal and visual descriptions and information sources, providing an orderly way to manage and process collections of information, and thus facilitate historical research.

MemberAshley Gardini

…San Jose State University – Master’s of Art, emphasis Art History

San Francisco State University – Bachelor’s of Art, emphasis Art History


Teaching Experience:

Art history survey courses covering Prehistory to the 18th century.
Architectural history courses covering Prehistory to Contemporary architecture



agardini [at] ccsf [dot] edu
agardini [at] dvc [dot] edu

Ashley Gardini is an art historian specializing in modern Italian architecture. Her initial research focused on Antonio Sant’Elia and the development of Italian Futurist architecture. That evolved into analyzing the influence of Italian Futurist architecture during both the interwar and post-World War II periods. Now she has expanded her focus to looking beyond the role of Italian Futurism. Her work was presented at the 33rd annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies. It has since been published in both the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Yearbook of Futurism Studies. Her current active areas of research interests are:

  • Italian Futurist architecture.
  • Women in architecture during the Fascist era.
  • 1950s and 1960s Italian architecture and design.

In addition to academic research, Ashley Gardini teach both art history and architectural history at community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area.    

DepositGlobalisation, Entrepreneurship and the South Pacific: Reframing Australian Colonial Architecture, 1800-1850

In 1957, Clinton Hartley Grattan, one of Australia’s most important foreign observers, wrote of the shadow of the “urban” in legends of the Australian “bush”.1 He argued that the early frontiers of Australian settlement were frontiers of men with private capital, or entrepreneurs, and those frontiers thus carried more elements of the urban than is commonly realised. Such early colonial enterprises around Australia’s south and southeastern coasts, and across the Tasman included sealing, whaling, milling and pastoralism, as well as missionary, trading and finance ventures. In advance of official settlements in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, entrepreneurs mapped coastlines, pioneered trade routes and colonised lands. Backed by private capital they established colonial infrastructural architecture effecting urban expansion in the Australian colonies, New Zealand and beyond. Yet this architecture is rarely a subject of architectural histories.