Master of Architecture Faculty
Title: Associate Professor
Office: 7280B Daa Addition
A registered architect with experience in practice in Switzerland and New York (offices of Santiago Calatrava, Sergio Calori, John Petrarca, and Livio Vacchini), Rebecca Williamson received her Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation on political and architectural designs in 18th c. Italy. She has since published and presented her research on the history and theories of architecture and urbanism internationally while maintaining a teaching focus on design. Prior to joining the University of Cincinnati in fall 2006, she taught for five years in France at the Ecole d'Architecture de Versailles as part of an exchange with the University of Illinois and at the Master of Urbanism Program of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po). She created and coordinates an exchange between the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture in Paris and the University of Cincinnati and is involved in numerous other international initiatives. Her recent teaching assignments include thesis advising, theory and research methods seminars, and fourth year undergraduate studios. Several of these studios have engaged under-served neighborhoods of "Uptown" Cincinnati. These collaborations have brought students in contact with a spectrum of neighborhood residents, agencies, and institutions. Among her recent publications are "Les Jetsons dans la jungle" in Territoires liquides, ed. Richard Scoffier (Atelier International du Grand Paris, Paris (forthcoming)), "Mas alla de tierra y cielo / Beyond Earth and Sky" in Trans-versalidades, ed. Eduardo Rojas, Malaga, Spain (forthcoming), "Durisch + Nolli: Recherche impatiente / An Impatient Search," in Durisch + Nolli, ed. Heinz Wirz (Quart, Luzerne, Switzerland 2012), "Al Fresco: When Air Became Fresh," in Air, ed. John Knechtel (MIT Press, Cambridge, MA 2010), and "Voices of Waste" in Speciale'Z ed. Sony Devabhaktuni (ESA, Paris 2010). She served as research editor for Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (MIT Press 2012).
Impact of Energy and Mobility on Architecture and Urban Form in Bordeaux, Cincinnati, and Curitiba, Ministry of Culture and Communications, France (Cincinnati Team Leader) Pedagogies of Urbanism, Faculty Development Council Interdisciplinary Grant, University of Cincinnati (Principal Investigator) Pre-Modern Urban Infrastructural Landscape, Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship, Harvard University (Individual) The Architecture of Durisch and Nolli, Pogue-Wheeler Fellowship (Individual) Invention of the Modern City, University of Cincinnati Research Council Grant (Individual)