Michelangelo Sabatino

  • Professor
  • Director of Ph.D. Program in Architecture
  • Inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow

Michelangelo Sabatino is trained as an architect, preservationist, and historian in universities in Canada, Italy, and the United States. His award-winning research broadly addresses intersections between culture, technology, and design in the built environment. From his research on preindustrial vernacular traditions and their influence on modern architectures of the Mediterranean region, to his current project, which looks at the transnational forces that have shaped the architecture, infrastructure, and landscape of the Americas over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, he has trained new light on larger patterns of architectural discourse and production.


Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia
Ph.D., University of Toronto


The Newberry Library Visiting Scholar (2016-present)

Society of Architectural Historians Alice Davis Hitchcock Book Award (2012)

Society of Architectural Historians Southeast Chapter Best Book Award (2011)

Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies (2011)

The MacDowell Colony Wilder Green Fellow (2011-12)

University of Houston Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship (2011)

AAIS Best Book Award (2011)

Architectural Research Centers Consortium New Researcher Award (2009-10)

European Association for Architectural Education Best Paper Award (2008-09)


Benjamin, Susan and M. Sabatino, Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 1929-1975 (New York: The Monacelli Press, 2020)

Ferrari, Napoleone and M. Sabatino, Carlo Mollino Architect and Storyteller (Zurich: Park
Books: 2020)

Fox, Stephen, Barrie Scardino Bradley and M. Sabatino, Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2020)

Nicholson, Ben, and M. Sabatino, eds., Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019)

Sabatino, M., Lohan, D., and Arina Dähnick, Architectural Portraits: The MIES Project
(Esslingen: Edition Cantz; 2019)

Windsor-Liscombe, Rhodri, and M. Sabatino, Canada. Modern Architectures in History
(London: Reaktion Books, 2016)

Fraser, Linda and M. Sabatino eds. Arthur Erickson: Layered Landscapes - Drawings from the Canadian Architectural Archives (Halifax: Dalhousie Architectural Press, 2016)

Lejeune, Jean-François, and M. Sabatino, eds., Modern Architecture and the Mediterranean: Vernacular Dialogues and Contested Identities (London: Routledge, 2010)

M. Sabatino, Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy
(Toronto – Buffalo: The University of Toronto Press, 2010)


Terra Foundation for American Art Academic Program Grant Application (2017)

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research Visitor's Travel Grant (2017)

Canada Council for the Arts Grant (2016), Mellon Foundation Grant Award (2014)

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2011)

Community Service

Docomomo US Board of Directors, Society of Architectural Historians Board of Directors, Frederick Law Olmsted Society of Riverside

Editorial Boards

Docomomo Journal, Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Histories, Applied Research and Design

Michelangelo Sabatino

Contact Information

312.567.3828 312.567.5820 3410 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60616, Room 108 By Appointment

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