Research News - Fall 2022

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Welcome to the Fall 2022 Newsletter for Research from the School of Architecture

The past year was marked by the sad passing of Professor John Stamper. Prof. Stamper was a devoted, passionate teacher and scholar, and his absence is deeply felt by the School of Architecture. His teaching and research will continue to inspire our faculty and students.

We are pleased to share with you the many new accomplishments by our faculty, students, and alumni, which are outlined below. This impressive output includes book titles, articles, awards, exhibitions and scholarly presentations, thanks to which our School’s outlook and activities are increasingly known in academic and professional circles.

The third issue of our Journal, ANTA: Archives of New Traditional Architecture, has now been completed, and Volume 2 of the student publication STOA was distributed before we recessed for the summer.

We are proud of our School’s scholarly output, and look forward to sharing news with you about forthcoming titles, activities and academic partnerships.

Richard Economakis
Associate Dean of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work

Fall 2022 Newsletter Content

Faculty News


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A book by Assistant Professor Alessandro PierattiniThe Origins of Greek Temple Architecture, was published by Cambridge University Press in October 2022. In this book, Pierattini offers a comprehensive study of the evolution of pre-archaic Greek temple architecture from the eleventh to mid-seventh century BCE. Demystifying the formative stages of Greek architecture, he traces how temples were transformed from unassuming shrines made of perishable materials into large stone and terracotta monuments. Read more about it here.

A book by Professor and the Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean Stefanos Polyzoides, co-authored with Lee R. Rayburn, Civano: From Experiment to Model of Resilient Urbanism, was published by Oro Editions. 

A book by Professor Samir Younés and Professor Emeritus Carroll William Westfall, Architectural Type and Character: A Practical Guide for a History of Architecture, was published by Routledge in January 2022. The book provides an alternative perspective to the current role given to history in architecture, reunifying architectural history and architectural design to reform architectural discourse and practice. Read more about it here.

Professor Ingrid Rowland published the following:

  • "Caught in the Coils," The New York Review of Books, April 7, 2022
  • "In Praise of Marble," The New York Review of Books, April 22, 2022
  • "Authority as Freedom: Aretha Franklin at the Kennedy Center, 2015," Public Seminar, March 1, 2022
  • "Vitruvius e le Donne" in Vitruvius. Rivista del Centro Studi Vitruviani [Fano, Italy], inaugural issue
  • "Thucydides 2022," Liberties Journal, Spring 2022

Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti published the following articles in 2022:

  • "Lessons from the past, architecture for the future. Coupling historic preservation with sustainable architecture," In Heritage 2022, Proceedings of the International Conference on Vernacular Heritage: Culture, People and Sustainability. VERSUS+Heritage for People - 15-17 of September 2022 Valencia – Spain. Read more about it here.
  • "Le mausolée, la ville et l’empereur : une nouvelle interprétation architecturale de la tombe d’Hadrien," Topographie et urbanisme de la Rome antique Actes du colloque organisé à Caen (11-13 décembre 2019) publiés sous la direction de Philippe Fleury et de Sophie Madeleine, Presses Universitaires de Caen, 2022, 347-362.
  • Authored with Alessandro D’Alessio, Simone Marino, Patrizio Pensabene, "Sibari, parco del Cavallo: stile, cronologia e anastilosi delle colonne del portico a sud delle Terme di Copia," Realtà dell’architettura fra materia e immagine. Per Giovanni Carbonara: studi e ricerche”, Quaderni dell’Istituto di Storia dell’Architettura, n.s.73-74, 2021, 389-398

An article by Assistant Professor Selena Anders, “Digitally Documenting the Transformation of the Eternal City. Cities in Text: Rome,” was published in Volume 2 of the Journal of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism in November 2021. Organized by INTBAU España and the Rafael Manzano Prize for New Traditional Architecture, this trilingual journal is accessible to English-, Spanish-, and Portuguese-speaking audiences. Read the article and the volume at large here.

An article by Associate Professor Krupali Krusche, “Decoding a Hindu Temple: Toronto’s Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and the Mandala as a Principle of Design,” was published in Volume 46 of the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada / Le Journal de la Société pour l'étude de l'architecture au Canada in November 2021. Read it here.

An article by Associate Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, "Urbanism & Architecture" was published by Herencia Magazine in September 2021.

A bibliographic article by Assistant Professor Alessandro Pierattini, “Greek building technologies and methods,” was published in Oxford Bibliographies in Architecture, Planning, and Preservation by Oxford University Press in August 2021. View the article here.


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Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti

Professor of the Practice Ettore Mazzola received the Lennard Award for Liveable Cities at the 58th International Making Cities Liveable conference in Le Plessis-Robinson, Paris, in recognition of his research on the Roman Testaccio district and the work of the Institute of Public Housing at the beginning of the twentieth century.


Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti received the 2022 Faculty Research Award and a Faculty Research Support Grant of $100,000 from the University to complete research on the Mausoleum of Hadrian in the next three years.

Scholarly Presentations

Architecture faculty have been active in presenting their research and scholarship at conferences and symposia, both nationally and abroad:

"Developing best practice in Roman construction in Greece" - presentation by Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti addressed the Architectures of the Roman World: Models, Agency, Reception, at the University of Oxford, Wolfson College, November 2022. 

Conducting various research projects, Associate Professor John Onyango traveled to Portugal and Spain in October and to India in October and November 2022. Included in his research was STARCH-thermal performance data collection in Delhi and in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India, Lisbon, Madrid and Toledo. He also chaired the Zero Energy Custom Homes International Conference in Bangalore, India, and presented at the Sustainability and Energy Modeling of Traditional Architecture meeting in Calicut. Watch Professor Onyango's Notre Dame School of Architecure STARCH presentation on YouTube.  

"Sustainability of Traditional Architecture: Guttu Traditional Courtyard Housing in India" - a presentation by Associate Professor John Onyango at the PIIRS Fung Global Fellows Program at Princeton University, October 2022.

"Maternity Spaces and Integral Human Development in Kenya" - a presentation by Associate Professor John Onyango at the Ford Family Program Dinner for the Kellogg Institute for Development at the University of Notre Dame, October 2022.

“Empowering the future of architects: Changing demands in architecture” - International panel discussion and roundtable discussion including Associate Professor John Onyango, October 2022.

Public lectures presented by Professor Ingrid Rowland included "Platone in Cesare Cesariano," Giornata di studio Vitruvio e Cesariano, Centro Studi Vitruviani, Fano, Italy, in October 2021, and "Botticelli, Vasari, and the Medici Revival of Etruscan Art," Visual Humanisms conference, Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence, in October 2022.

Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti presented "Lessons from the past, architecture for the future. Coupling historic preservation with sustainable architecture" at Heritage 2022 International Conference on Vernacular Heritage: Culture, People and Sustainability in Spain, September 2022. 

Professor Samir Younés delivered the keynote address titled: The Two Orders and the Appearance of the World at The Arts, Culture and Environment Revisiting Jacques Ellul Conference at McGill University, Montréal, Canada, in July 2022. 

"202 2 Architectural Creativity under Hadrian in Athens. The Arch of Hadrian" - presentation by Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti in May for the SAH 2022 Annual International Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“A new unified urban paradigm in an age of climate change” - presentation by Associate Professor of the Practice Julio Cesar Perez-Hernandez at the 58th International Making Cities Liveable Conference in Le Plessis-Robinson, Paris, France, May 2022.

Associate Professor of the Practice Julio Cesar Perez-Hernandez led the Cuba Summer School on Traditional Architecture & Urbanism in Havana, Cuba, May 2022.

“Re-reading the Architecture of Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne in Rome” and “Digital Documentation of the Evolution of Architecture and Urban Form in Rome”
Presentation by Assistant Professor Selena Anders in the Beyond Classical Revivals: The Construction of a New Architectural Language in Renaissance Italy and Digital Humanities: Cultural Heritage (Architecture and Urbanism) sessions at the Renaissance Society of America’s 68th Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland, March-April 2022.

“Dialogues in the Curia: From Pen to Pixel. Studies of the Roman Forum and the Digital Future of World Heritage”
Associate Professor Krupali Krusche presented her newest book, co-authored with Patrizia Fortini (L’Erma di Bretschneider), in February 2022 in the Curia Iulia of the Roman Forum, Rome, Italy.

Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti "Reactivating the past for a sustainable built environment" at Green Conservation of Cultural Heritage IV in Rome, February 2022. 

“The Toumba Building reexamined: Preliminary findings of a new architectural analysis”
Virtual presentation by Assistant Professor Alessandro Pierattini at the 2022 Archaeological Institute of America & Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting, January 2022. Watch the colloquium here.

“The Origin of Doric Architecture in ‘Prop- and-Brace’ Construction”
Virtual presentation by Professor Richard Economakis at the 2022 Archaeological Institute of America & Society for Classical Studies Joint Annual Meeting, January 2022.

In January 2022, 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Prize laureates Nada Breitman-Jakov and Marc Breitman presented the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art’s first annual Michael Lykoudis Lecture: The Shared Building Traditions of the World. Named in honor of Professor Michael Lykoudis, this annual lecture series will explore architectural traditions and classical principles from around the globe. View the lecture here.

"Two Hadrianic buildings in Athens and their significance in the development of Roman architecture" Presentation by Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti at the Archeological Institute of America/Society of Classical Studies 2022 International Conference in San Francisco, January 2022.

“Conserve or Restore? Giuseppe Valadier’s Approach to Saving Rome’s Ancient Monuments” - a presentation by Assistant Professor Selena Anders at the international conference Storia, Progetto e Patrimonio: La Costruzione dell’identità architettonica Milano, l’Europa 1796-1848 in Giulio Romano’s Palazzo Te, Mantova, Italy, in fall 2021. 

“A Survey of Classical Architecture, From Antiquity to the Present” - a four-part virtual seminar delivered by Professor Richard Economakis to the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, October 2021-April 2022.

“Research Methodology and Methods in Built Environment” - two seminars delivered by Associate Professor John Onyango to doctoral students at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, November 2021.

Associate Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti was invited to give the following scholarly presentations and public addresses in 2022:

  • Fondazione Scuola del Patrimonio, La responsabilità dei parchi archeologici nello sviluppo sostenibile Program Archeo-Cuba: archeologia e sostenibilità ambientale per una cooperazione territoriale di contrasto ai cambiamenti climatici, November.
  • Public address at the European Heritage Award Ceremony for the "Catacombe di Napoli, Cooperativa La Paranza" project, Naples, November.
  • Politecnico di Torino, University of Turin, "Il ruolo dell’architettura tradizionale per l’architettura del domani. La necessità di un cambiamento," September.
  • Ludwig-Maximilians Universität München, Institut für Klassische Archäeologie, "The Mausoleum of Hadrian Unveiled through its Extant Remains," May.
  • "Five Islands of Southern Aegean Sea selected for the 7 Most Endangered Programs of Europa Nostra" organized by the Elliniki Etaireia, May.
  • "Discussant at the Conference: The profession’s extensions: architecture beyond architects in the modern Middle East," University of Princeton, May.
  • "Heritage Structures Lab Seminar, Innovation in Brick Vaulting in the Mediterranean. A Survey from Greece to Morocco," University of Princeton, May.
  • "L’architettura del Mausoleo di Adriano, risultati delle indagini 2009-2015," Direzione Musei Statali della Città di Roma, Castel Sant’Angelo, April.
  • "Divinity and Power," Roma Conversazioni interdisciplinari, Rome Global Gateway, March.
  • "Three Key Questions on Culture/Cultural Heritage,” Fondazione Scuola Beni Attività Culturali, January.
  • Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture,"Vaulting Systems at Trajan’s Markets," January.
  • "How to Study Ancient Architecture," with Assistant Professor Alessandro Pierattini, Incontri di Storia, costruzione e Restauro, ARCo, January.

Around the University 

Throughout the Spring and Fall 2022 semesters, Architecture faculty were invited to lecture to colleagues and students across the University:

  • Assistant Professor of the Practice Paolo Vitti conducted the first interdisciplinary meeting for research on sustainability of architecture held in December 2022.
  • Assistant Professor Selena Anders presented "After Bernini: On Becoming an Architect in Eighteenth-Century Rome" in November 2022.
  • In September 2022 Associate Professor John Onyango and Associate Professor Krupali Krusche joined a panel "The Role of Architects in Designing Landscapes for Climate Change" in conversation with Dou Zhang from Sasaki, China.
  • In May 2022, Assistant Professor Alessandro Pierattini organized a mixed virtual and in-person colloquium on “The Toumba Building at Lefkandi. Preliminary Results of a New Architectural Analysis.” Participants included colleagues from the Notre Dame College of Engineering as well as Oxford University, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, New Mexico State University, Princeton University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the Argonne National Laboratory.
  • In May 2022, Professor Michael Lykoudis gave a lecture on the contribution of Mies van der Rohe to modern traditional architecture at the Mies Society of the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.
  • Professor Ingrid Rowland lectured on “Arezzo’s Etruscan Heritage in the Age of Giorgio Vasari and Cosimo I” as part of the Art History Works-in-Progress Series in April 2022, cosponsored by the School of Architecture and Department of History.
  • Associate Professor John Onyango presented a Faculty Research + Practice Brown Bag Lecture on “Sustainability of Traditional Architecture (“STARCH”): Guttu Traditional Courtyard Housing, India” in March 2022.
  • A March 2022 conference—Mapping Rome: The Eternal City as a Site for Interdisciplinary Research and Education—featured an Early Modern Rome session with lectures by Associate Professor David Mayernik, “Mapping Invention: Lacunae and Inspiration,” and Professor Ingrid Rowland, “The View from Siena.”
  • Professor Michael Lykoudis lectured on “Nineteenth-Century Athenian Architecture and Urbanism: Simple Lessons for an Age of Climate Change” for the Nanovic Institute of European Studies in February 2022. Read more here.
  • Associate Professor Krupali Krusche lectured on the “Impact of Rise in Sea Level in Mumbai” for ThinkND’s Global Dialogues: The Worsening Water Crisis series in February 2022. See the full line-up here.


Watercolors by Professor of the Practice Ettore Mazzola were exhibited by the Fondazione Lanzi at the Simmetria Institute Library Museum in Attigliano, Italy, from April 18-May 15, 2022.

Housing and Community Regeneration

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August 2022

The Francis and Kathleen Rooney Dean and Professor Stefanos Polyzoides and Professor of the Practice Marianne Cusato led a professional and student team that included Associate Professor of the Practice Douglas Duany to develop a conceptual design of the public spaces and urban sequences for downtown Kalamazoo, MI. The City of Kalamazoo is seeking to reverse the impact of Urban Renewal planning interventions from the 1960s. The damage from these interventions continues to limit economic development and community investment throughout downtown Kalamazoo.The first step in this process, a ‘Road Diet,’ is currently underway. The city has asked the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Housing and Community Regeneration Initiative to offer design solutions and strategies for an overall plan of the progression of urban moments through the city as well as proposals for detailed street level interventions in key locations.


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Workforce Housing Through Placemaking

October 2022


Professor of the Practice Marianne Cusato led a team of faculty, industry professionals, and students that included, Assistant Teaching Professor Jason Arnold, Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice Kate Chambers, Associate Professor Jonathan Weatherill, Associate Professor of Practice John Mellor, and College of Engineering Associate Teaching Professor Phil Barutha to study two potential sites for the development of approximately 80 workforce housing units in Mishawaka, Indiana. Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County engaged the School of Architecture's Housing and Community Regeneration Initiative to explore potential development sites for a mix of 60% Habitat and 40% market rate homes. The concepts use the principles of placemaking and light imprint planning to offer strategies to address complex civil engineering requirements while also creating a high-quality public realm.The team also studied housing types and construction details designed to meet the needs of a range of household formations and people at different life phases. 


Student News

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Jack Harrington, B. Arch '23, and Nathan Walz, B. Arch '24, completed research conducted at Fornace Bernasconi in Umbria, Italy supervised by Paolo Vitti titled "Documenting traditional brick kiln and yard in Castel Viscardo." Harrington and Walz are in the process of finishing the final piece. 

Margot Holbert, M.Arch '25, and Anselma Panic, B.Arch '24, conducted summer archaeological research at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on the Greek island of Samothrace with the financial support of the Nanovic Institute. The excavations are coordinated by Emory University in partnership with Princeton and NYU in Summer 2022.

Margot Holbert, M.Arch '25, and Liam Abujawdeh M.Eng, participated in Assistant Professor Alessandro Pieratini's research on the Toumba Building at Lefkandi, Greece. Liam gave a talk at the Lefkandi colloquium, alongside speakers from Oxford, Princeton, and other institutions.

Garrett Nagorzanski, B.Arch '25, traveled to Greece in the summer 2022 to conduct material analysis on the Temple of Poseidon at Isthmia in Greece under Assistant Professor Alessandro Pieratini's supervision and supervised by Physics professors Michael Wiescher and Khachatur Manukyan and the Wiener Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Leighton Douglass, B.Arch ’22, presented her Spring 2022 thesis design project to the City Council and Mayor of Greenville, Texas. The project, “Majors Community Center: A Base for Recreation & Social Interaction in the Revitalized Greenville, Texas,” offers a vision where the Greenville community can come together, grow, and flourish in a new beautiful facility and park setting that celebrates and honors the history of the city and its people. Read the story, which was featured on the front page of the Herald Banner, here.

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The Congress for the New Urbanism awarded Benjamin Shelton, M.Arch ’21, a 2022 Student Charter Award in the Block, Street, and Building category for his thesis project. The project—design of West Chester Market Station for West Chester Borough, Pennsylvania—was advised by Professor of the Practice Sean Nohelty. Read more here

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Michael Bursch, B.Arch ’22,  presented a talk, Lost Churches of the Roman Forum, detailing the research work he has undertaken as a research assistant in the DHARMA lab with Associate Professor Krupali Krusche

Ed Faicco, B.Arch ’21, received a 2021 Addison Mizner “Emerging Classicist” Award from the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Florida Chapter for his thesis project, Terminal Five at Fort Lauderdale Airport, advised by Sean Nohelty. Building on his success in this area, Ed now professionally practices in an aviation studio in Chicago. More information on the awards can be viewed here.

School of Architecture Publications

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STOA, Volume 2

ANTA: Archives of New Traditional Architecture is a faculty-edited journal and venue for the exchange of ideas that serve to enrich architectural discourse. Click here to view highlights from Volume 1, edited by Richard Economakis and Michael Mesko, and to purchase Volume 2, edited by Selena Anders and Samir Younés, and Volume 3, edited by Steven Semes, Paolo Vitti, and Jonathan Weatherill. View past issues and purchase.

Volume 2 of STOA—the student-led, student-designed, and student-edited magazine of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture—was released in May 2022. STOA serves as a platform for showcasing student experiences, design research, and writing. By bringing the unique Notre Dame student perspective to broad architectural themes, it acts as a catalyst for mindful exposition and theory for contributors and readers alike. To read Volume 2 and catch up on back issues, click here.

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