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Welcome to the blog of the SCAD Architectural History department.

As architectural historians we are committed to interpreting the diverse built environments of all cultures at all times across the globe.  From the SCAD campus in the historic district of Savannah, Georgia to the southern French hillside village of Lacoste, and from Atlanta, the capital of the South, to Hong Kong, we engage in researching and analyzing individual buildings, groups of buildings, urban forms and the cultural landscape as a whole.  We are interested in design, building construction and technology, and use, always placing the structure in the context of its time and place, and always interpreting it from multiple perspectives to uncover its rich and varied meanings.

Departmental History Overview

The Architectural History program at the Savannah College of Art and Design offers a rigorous academic education in the history of architecture, urbanism, landscape design and cultural landscape at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  While American topics are a strong emphasis of many of our courses, we also offer courses addressing ancient, medieval and Renaissance and non-western architecture.  Traditional academic excellence is combined with a commitment to innovation and an emphasis on preparation for the full range of professional career opportunities within and especially outside academia.   Our goal is to prepare students to become knowledgeable, thoughtful and articulate interpreters of the built environment, enabling them to serve as researchers, planners, preservationists, designers and scholars.

Eight full-time faculty cover the full spectrum of architectural history, from ancient to modern, high style to vernacular, American to all parts of the world.

Faculty Contact Information. For further faculty information and bios, click here.

The primary author of the blog is Dr. Robin Williams, who founded the Department of Architectural History in 1995 and has served as its chairman ever since.  He can be reached at


Williams pictured in summer 2016 at the Philadelphia Municipal Archives with an extraordinary street pavement map from the early 20th century.

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