Stephen SennottAdjunct Associate Professor
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs
3360 S. State Street
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday: 9am to 10:30am; Tuesday and Thursday: 2pm to 3:30pm
Research & Major Accomplishments
An architectural historian and editor, Professor Sennott teaches advanced history of architecture elective courses for B.Arch. students. Seminar topics include the American skyscraper and Frank Lloyd Wright. His teaching methods rely on critical writing and discussion of original texts to examine how important buildings, their clients, and their architects lend meaning to contemporary urban settings. His research in 19th- and 20th-century American architecture and planning focuses on Chicago architects, urban planning for the automobile, roadside architecture, skyscrapers, urban parks planning, and the suburban house. He recently reviewed Henry Ives Cobb's Chicago: Architecture, Institutions, and the Making of a Modern Metropolis, by Edward W. Wolner for the Journal of Illinois History 14 (2011). His research in architecture and planning has been published in “Roadside Luxury: Urban Hotels and Modern Streets Along the Dixie Highway," in Looking Beyond the Highway: Dixie Roads and Culture (University of Tennessee Press, 2006); Jan Jennings (ed.), Roadside America, (1990); AIA Guide to Chicago (1993; rev. ed., 2004); and The American National Biography (1999). Conference papers have been delivered for the Society of Architectural Historians, College Art Association, Society for Commercial Archeology, and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
As a public speaker, Professor Sennott offers lectures about his research interests to a wide range of audiences. He has participated in the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, a grass roots educational program sponsored by the NEH and Illinois Humanities Council, to bring questions and discussion central to the humanities into large and small communities across the state. He has served as president of the Chicago Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.
R. Stephen Sennott (editor), Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture (three volumes) (Routledge, 2003).“Forever Inadequate to the Rising Stream: Dream Cities, Automobiles and Urban Street Mobility in Chicago" in John Zukowsky (ed.), Chicago Architecture and Design, 1923-1993: Reconfiguration of an American Metropolis (Art Institute of Chicago, 1993)