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Anna Vemer Andrzejewski is associate professor in the Department of Art History and the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She received her BA and MA from Washington University and her PhD from the University of Delaware. She is the author of Building Power: Architecture and the Ideology of Surveillance in Victorian America (2008). She is at work on a study of postwar suburbs.

Mike Christenson, AIA, is a registered architect in Minnesota and assistant professor of architecture at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Christenson’s research examines the media and artifacts through which architects make their ideas visible, with a focus on developing media-based strategies suited for analytic and design-generative purposes. He has published his research nationally and internationally and is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing.

Elizabeth Collins Cromley has been professor of architectural history at the School of Architecture, Northeastern University, Boston, since 1997. As a vernacular-architecture historian, Cromley has published research on issues of American domestic space, investigating the meanings and functions of rooms and home landscapes for various social classes and regions. Her newest book is The Food Axis—Cooking, Eating, and the Architecture of American Houses (2010).

Andrew S. Dolkart is director of the Historic Preservation Program and James Marston Fitch Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He is a historian specializing in the architecture and development of New York City. His award-winning books include Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development, Biography of a Tenement House in New York City: An Architectural History of 97 Orchard Street, and most recently, The Row House Reborn: Architecture and Neighborhoods in New York City, 1908–1929. He was the cochair and keynote speaker for the VAF’s New York City meeting in 2006.

Nnamdi Elleh is associate professor of architecture (history and theory) at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), University of Cincinnati. He was trained as an architect at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and received his PhD in art history from Northwestern University. He is the recipient of many awards, including Samuel Kress and Graham Architectural Foundation grants. His books include African Architecture, Evolution and Transformation (1996), the first comprehensive text on African architecture from antiquity to the present; Architecture and Power in Africa (2002); Abuja: The Single Most Ambitious Urban Design Project of the Twentieth Century (2002); Modern and Contemporary Architecture in Africa (2012). He has contributed to several national and international exhibitions and was a member of the board of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Jennifer Elliott is a doctoral candidate in architectural history at the University of Virginia. She earned an MA in Architectural History from the University of Virginia in 2008 and a BA with a focus in architectural design from Lehigh University in 2005. Her article in this journal is based on her Masters thesis, which received the Frederick Doveton Nichols Award from the UVA School of Architecture. [End Page 111]

Clifton Ellis is associate dean of academics at the College of Architecture, Texas Tech University. He earned his doctorate in architectural history at the University of Virginia and is coeditor, with Rebecca Ginsburg, of Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery (2010).

Gabrielle Esperdy is associate professor of architecture (history and theory) at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her work examines the intersection of architecture, consumerism, and modernism in urban and suburban landscapes. She is author of Modernizing Main Street (2008) and is at work on Architecture’s American Road Trip, which examines how architectural discourse absorbed the ideals and concerns of commercial sphere after World War II. She is associate editor of the multivolume series The Buildings of the United States and editor of the SAH Archipedia, an online resource of the history of the built environment scheduled to go live in 2012. She blogs at

Susan Garfinkel is a research specialist at the Library of Congress, where she works especially with digitized materials in the American Memory collections. Her subject areas include architecture, visual and material culture, digital...


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