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Rebecca Williamson

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 7280B Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-6426
Email: rebecca.williamson@uc.edu

Rebecca Williamson coordinates the MS and PhD Programs in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati. A registered architect with experience in practice in Switzerland and New York (offices of Santiago Calatrava, Sergio Calori, John Petrarca, and Livio Vacchini), she 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 taught, published, and presented internationally.
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'Études Politiques de Paris ("Sciences-Po"). She initiated and coordinates an exchange between the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris and the University of Cincinnati and is involved in numerous other international initiatives including an exchange with the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, also in Paris.
She has taught architectural theory, history of cities, and topical seminars as well as undergraduate and graduate studios. These studios have investigated underserved neighborhoods and atypical urban sites such as Cincinnati's Metropolitan Sewer District. They have brought students in contact with a spectrum of residents, agencies, and institutions.
Her principal area of research is the history and theories of architecture and urbanism, including relations among form, environment, and experience. She is currently working on a study of the development of towns in Poland whose plans are based on designs by Italian architects. Among her previous publications are: "Mi punge vaghezza, ovvero i misteri del mestiere" in Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture, Ashgate, 2016; "Outside-In" in ARQ/La revue d’architecture Québec, ed. Alena Prochaska, Quebec 2014; "Les Jetsons dans la jungle" in Territoires liquides, ed. Richard Scoffier, Atelier International du Grand Paris 2013; "Mas alla de tierra y cielo / Beyond Earth and Sky" in Trans-versalidades, ed. Eduardo Rojas, Malaga, Spain, 2013; "Durisch + Nolli: Recherche impatiente / An Impatient Search," in Durisch + Nolli, ed. Heinz Wirz, Quart 2012; "Al Fresco: When Air Became Fresh," in Air, ed. John Knechtel, MIT Press  2010; and "Voices of Waste" in Speciale'Z, ed. Sony Devabhaktuni, Paris 2010.
She was research editor for Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America, MIT Press 2012 and Cincinnati team leader for  Métropoles et mobilités durables à l’épreuve d’un nouveau paradigme énergétique (Sustainable Mobility and Metropolitan Areas Facing a New Energy Paradigm), a research project involving partners at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Bordeaux, France (ENSAP-Bx) and the Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, Brasil. This project, which ended in 2014, has sparked other collaborations among the teams. A Visiting Scholar at the University of Bordeaux during 2016, Rebecca Williamson is currently on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, a program that funds short-term collaborations at institutions around the world.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture (PhD) , Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA , 1998.
  • Master of Architecture (MArch) , College of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA , 1985.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting (BFA) , Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI , 1982.

Research Information

Research Interests

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)

Research Support

  • ($10,000 a year, renewable over three years). , Metropolis and Mobility, UC Forward Program, Office of the Provost, University of Cincinnati. 2012 to 2015.
  • Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture et paysage de Bordeaux (ENSAP‐Bx) (K. Fitzsimons, PI), France; Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, Brazil (C. Araujo, team leader); and University of Cincinnati (R. Williamson, team leader)., Métropoles et mobilités durables à l’épreuve d’un nouveau paradigme énergétique (“Sustainable Mobility and Metropolitan Areas Facing a New Energy Paradigm”), , “Ignis Mutat Res” Research Program, Bureau de la Recherche Architecturale Urbaine et Paysagère (BRAUP), Ministère de la Culture et la Communication. .
  • co‐PI’s D. Edelman and M. Pride, UC Faculty Development Council Interdepartmental Grant. $25,000. 2008.
  • Pogue Wheeler Traveling Fellowship, UC College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. 2,000. 2008.
  • UC University Research Council Faculty Summer Grant. 14,500. 2007.
  • Inter-Institutional Faculty Summer Institute on Learning Technologies, Illinois Board of Higher Education. 1,000. 1999.
  • Delmas Foundation, Function and Representation: Carlo Lodoli’s Architectural Legacy. 2,300. 1996 to 1997.
  • Delmas Foundation, Use and Pleasure: Practice and Theory in Late Eighteenth Century Architecture. 3,000. 1995 to 1996.
  • (PI), Williamson, Rebecca, Ideal Towns: Contradictions of Urban Form and Experience, UC's University Research Council. (URC AHSS Faculty Stipend Awards AY2015-16), $6,000.00. 05/01/2016 to 04/30/2017. Status: Active.

Publications

Published Abstracts

  • Williamson, R. (2007). Quand les égouts sont devenus beaux. (When Sewers Became Beautiful). Le beau dans la ville, Centre de l’histoire de la ville moderne et contemporaine, Université François Rabelais, Tours, France.[Abstract]..
  • Williamson, R. (2007). Health and the Urban Environment in the Architectural Treatises. Environment, Health and History, European Association for the History of Medicine and Health. London, UK.[Abstract]..
  • Williamson, R. (2003). The Tainted Mire: A Story of Stagnation and Circulation. 11th International Congress on the Enlightenment, American Society for 18th c. Studies. Los Angeles, CA.[Abstract]..
  • Williamson, R. (2000). Exercise of the Imagination: The Lodolian Tradition of Architectural Education. Abstracts of the Fifty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians, Miami, FL:26. [Abstract]..
  • Williamson, R. (1998). Water and Identity in the Prato della Valle. Abstracts of the Fifty‐First Annual Meeing of the Society of Architectural Historians, Los Angeles, CA: 49.[Abstract]..

Published Books

  • Ockman, J., Editor, and R. Williamson, Research Editor (2012). Architecture School: Three Centuries of Architecture Education in North America.. MIT Press (Editor).
  • Williamson, R., ed. (2000). Living Architecture: The Architecture of Durisch and Nolli. . University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign Building Research Council. (Editor).

Book Chapters

  • Williamson, R. (In Progress). Mi punge vaghezza; ovvero i misteri del mestiere. . In Carolina Dayer, et. al. (Eds.), Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture London, UK and Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Williamson, R. (2013). Les Jetsons dans la jungle. (The Jetsons in the Jungle.). In Richard Scoffier (Eds.), Territoires liquides Paris: Atelier International du Grand Paris.
  • Williamson, R. (2012). Durisch and Nolli: Recherche impatiente. (Impatient Search.). In Heinz Wirz (Eds.), Durisch Nolli Luzern, Switzerland: Quart Verlag.
  • Williamson, R. (2010). Al Fresco: When Air Became Fresh. . In John Knechtel (Eds.), AIR (Alphabet City no. 15) MIT Press..
  • Williamson, R. (2006). The Breath of Cities. In Barbara Kenda (Eds.), Aeolian Winds and the Spirit of Renaissance Architecture London: Routledge.
  • Williamson, R. (2001). Giustiniana’s Garden: An Eighteenth Century Woman’s Construction. Gendered Landscapes-48–56). State College: Penn State University Press.

Other Publications

  • Fitzsimons, K. (PI, Bordeaux Team Leader), C. Araújo (Curitiba Team Leader) and R. Williamson (Cincinnati Team Leader), et. al. (2014). Métropoles et mobilités durables à l’épreuve d’un nouveau paradigme énergétique (Sustainable Mobility and Metropolitan Areas Facing a New Energy Paradigm)..
  • Williamson, R. (2014). Outside‐In.. ARQ/La revue d’architecture Québec (ed. Alena Prochaska) (169) Quebec: Groupe culturel Préfontaine.
  • Williamson, R. (2013). Más allá de tierra e cielo / Beyond Earth and Sky . TransVersalidades (ed. Eduardo Rojas Moyano) Málaga, Spain.
  • Williamson, R. (2010). The Voices of Waste. Speciale’Z, École Spéciale d’Architecture Paris, France. .
  • Williamson, R. (2006). L’architecture comme “Performing Art.” Interview with Marie Glon and Julie Perrin . Repères Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (2004). What’s Left Out? . Urban Morphology, Journal of the International Seminar on Urban Form, ed. J.W.R. Whitehand, School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK., 8 (1).
  • Williamson, R. (2000). Fare e conoscere: Educazione architettonica nel circolo di Carlo Lodoli. (Making and Knowing: Architectural Education in the Circle of Carlo Lodoli.) Educazione dell’uomo e della donna nel settecento. . Acts of the Academy of Sciences of Torino, 315–23.
  • Williamson, R. (2000). Andrea Memmo’s Prato della Valle. . Urban Design Studies , 5-6, 93–104.
  • Williamson, R. (1998). Eugenio Battisti’s Utopia in Uncertainty. Utopian Studies, Spring, 149-55.
  • Williamson, R. (1998). The Clocktower Controversy. RES: Journal of Anthropology & Aesthetics, 34, 85–100.
  • Williamson, R. (2007). The Muck of Cities. Proceedings of the 2007 ACSA Annual Meeting...
  • Williamson, R. (2003). Some Questions about Plans and Life. The Planned City? Proceedings of the Eighth International Seminar on Urban Form [ISUF] International Conference ., 929-32..
  • Williamson, R. (2002). The Tainted Mire: A Story of Stagnation and Circulation. Proceedings of the Landscapes of Water Conference ., 429–32.
  • Williamson, R. (2001). Giustiniana’s Garden: An Eighteenth Century Woman’s Construction. Proceedings of the Gendered Landscape Conference., 48–56.
  • Williamson, R. (2000). Testing Grounds: Some Thoughts on the Registration Exam Debate in Light of Recent Pedagogic Theories. Proceedings of the 88th ACSA Annual Meeting., 200–4.
  • Williamson, R. (1999). Possible Pedagogies of the Architectural Imagination. Legacy + Aspirations: Considering the Future of Architectural Education. Proceedings of the 87th ACSA Annual Meeting and Technology Conference., 79–83.
  • Williamson, R. (1997). The Clocktower Controversy. Architecture: Material and Imagined. Proceedings of the 85th ACSA Annual Meeting and Technology Conference., 400.
  • Williamson, R. (1996). Andrea Memmo’s Project for the Prato della Valle. Proceedings of the 84th ACSA Annual Meeting., 620–3.
  • Williamson, R. (1995). Andrea Memmo’s Project for the Prato della Valle. Critical Urbanism: Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Northeast Regional Meeting...
  • Williamson, R. (1995). Souvenirs. Proceedings of the Testing Ground Symposium in Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism. Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA...

Additional Publications

Creative Translation

  • Williamson, R., trans. (2009). In Pascal Schöning, Julian Löffler, and Rubens Azevedo (Eds.), Attali, Jean, Future Perfect / Time Transparency in Cinematic Architecture London: AA Publications..
  • Williamson, R., trans. 2006. In Uyttenhove, Pieter (Eds.), Models and Ant‐Models from the United States: Marcel Lods’s Fascinated Discourse on America’s “Good” and “Bad” Examples..
  • Williamson, R., trans. (2005). In Nicolas Michelin (Eds.), Nature in the City. In Nouveaux paris: La ville et ses possibles Paris: Picard and Pavillon de l’Arsenal..
  • Attali, Jean, Meehan, T. and R. Williamson, trans. (2005). In Bik Van der Pol (Eds.), Surviving in a Wasteland. In With Love from the Kitchen Rotterdam: NAi Publishers.
  • Attali, Jean, Williamson, R., trans. (2003). In V. Pateeuw (Eds.), Vertical Labyrinths. In Reading MVRDV (pp.72-81). Rotterdam: NAI Publishers.
  • Atela, A., R. Scoffier, & Williamson, R., trans. (2002). The Adaptable City..
  • Rogers, E. N., & Williamson, R., trans. (1993). In Ockman, J. (Eds.), The Evolution of Architecture: Reply to the Custodian of the Frigidaires (1959). In Architecture Culture 1943–1968, (pp.301–7). New York: Rizzoli.
  • Botta, M., & Williamson, R. (. (1992). In Ockman, J. (Eds.), Lecture on Louis Kahn. In Penn in Ink..
  • Williamson, R., trans. (2002). In Koubis, T., T. Moutsopoulos, and R. Scoffier (Eds.), Athens 2002: Absolute Realism (Exhibition Catalogue for 8th International Exhibition of Architecture, Venice Biennial 2002).

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Araújo, C., K. Fitzsimons, and R. Williamson (11-2014). Métropoles et mobilités durables à l’épreuve d’un nouveau paradigme énergétique: Rapport final, in conjunction with Ignis mutat res Seminar Véolia Headquarters, Paris, France.
  • Williamson, Rebecca (03/29/2014). Mi punge vaghezza; ovvero i misteri del mestiere, at Confabulations Conference (organized by Carolina Dayer) Washington‐Alexandria Architectural Constortium , Alexandria, VA..
  • Williamson, R. (02-2013). Les disciplines de la ville, École nationale supérieure d’architecture et de paysage Bordeaux, France.
  • Williamson, R. (06/14/2013). Plenary Speaker at “Ignis mutat res” International Urban Roofscapes Workshop (organized by Alena Prochaska) HOK Offices, Chicago, IL..
  • Ockman, J., Moderator and R. Williamson, Respondent (03-2012). On Advantages and Disadvantages of History for Architecture Schools Today Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.
  • Williamson, R. (03-2010). Williamson, R. 2010, Tracking Currents of Change across Europe: Hygiene, Beauty, and Politics, Mediterranean and Transalpine Connections Colloquium Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
  • Williamson, R. (03-2009). The Air of Cities Washington–Alexandria Architectural Consortium, Alexandria, VA..
  • Williamson, R. (09-2009). Architectural Research: Mode d’emploi Virginia Tech PhD Program in Architecture, Washington–Alexandria Architectural Consortium, Alexandria, VA..
  • Williamson, R. (06-2009). Can Architecture Schools Learn? Colloquium on Architectural Education Instigated by Sir Peter Cook, École Spéciale d’Architecture, , Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (04-2009). Salvaging the Unexceptional Past, International Conference on Sustainable Historic Preservation Saint John’s International University, Vinovo (Turin), Italy.
  • Williamson, R. (11-2007). Quand les égouts sont devenus beaux, Centre de l’histoire de la ville moderne et contemporaine Université François Rabelais, Tours, France.
  • Williamson, R. (11-2007). Cincinnati: Une ville, une campus, une école, des pédagogies École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (09-2007). Health and the Urban Environment in the Architectural Treatises 1450–1700. Environment, Health and History, European Association for the History of Medicine and Health London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
  • Williamson, R. (06-2007). Evolution of the Urban Form of Paris École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (02-2006). The Urban Structure of Padua Portsmouth University, Padua, Italy.
  • Williamson, R. (09/06/2005). Paris Infrastructure I and II, Two presentations and 3‐hour walking tours for students of Rice University Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (04/02/2005). Introduction to the Urban Development of Paris, Presentation and 4‐hour walking tour for students of the University of Southern California Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (2004). A Section Through Paris, Discussion and Tour Paris, France..
  • Williamson, R. (10/08/2004). Colloque‐action Danse, corps, architecture (Dance, Body, Architecture) (Invited member of scientific committee) Théatre de la Cité Internationale de Paris, Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (05/28/2004). The Breath of Cities: Theories of Air Movement in 15th–18th c. Urban Design International Symposium Academia Eolia Revisited, Costozza, Venice, Italy.
  • Williamson, R. (05/07/2004). Venise à Padoue: La manipulation pratique et symbolique des eaux Ecole d’Architecture de Paris, Quai Malaquais, Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (02/11/2004). Exploring Movement Systems and Spatial Practices in the City. Portsmouth University, Portsmouth, UK, at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris, France.
  • Michelin, N., R. Scoffier, and R. Williamson. (12/06/2003). Architects and Oulipo, 6th Graz Biennial on Media and Architecture, Architecture and Literature in Dialogue / Dreams of Spaces – Workshops of the Potential Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria,.
  • Williamson, R. (06-2003). Subterranean Paris, Discussion and tour Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (04-2002). Dance and Architecture, Presentation of video, The Shape of Two Cities Program, Columbia University Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (04-2002). Interdisciplinary Communications: The Discipline & Interdisciplinarity, Panelist, Ninetieth Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA.
  • Williamson, R. (02-2002). Du corps à l’architecture en passant par la danse, Video presentation and roundtable participant Ecole d’Architecture de Paris‐Malaquais, Paris, France.
  • Williamson, R. (06-2000). Exercise of the Imagination: The Lodolian Tradition of Architectural Education, The Society of Architectural Historians, 53rd Annual Meeting Miami, FL.
  • Williamson, R. (03-2000). Emerging Pedagogies, Session discussant and roundtable participant, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA.

Honors & Awards

  • Harvard University Dumbarton Oaks Summer Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies, 2011.
  • Harvard University Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies, 1995.
  • Salvatori Award for Italian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 1993 to 1995.
  • German Marshall Fund Pre‐Dissertation Research Fellowship, Council for European Studies, 1992.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Faculty of Architecture, Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 1989 to 1990.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2013 to Present, Associate Professor , School of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning -- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2006 to 2013, Assistant Professor , School of Architecture and Interior Design, College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning -- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
  • 2013 to Present, Affiliate Faculty Member , Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Arts and Sciences University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH .
  • 2008Visiting Faculty Member , University Studies Abroad Consortium, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy .
  • 2005 to 2006, Adjunct Faculty Member, Master of Urbanism Program, “Sciences-Po,” Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, Paris, France.
  • 2001 to 2005, Assistant Professor and Exchange Faculty Member, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Study Abroad Program in Versailles École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles, Versailles, France .
  • 1997 to 2001, Assistant Professor , School of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL.
  • 1987 to 1989, Architecture + Furniture, New York, NY.
  • 1986 to 1987, Engineer/Architect, Santiago Calatrava, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 1986Architect, Livio Vacchini, Locarno, Switzerland.

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 1992 to Present ,Registered Architect, . Licensed in New York

Additional Information

Languages: Fluent in French and Italian, good reading and adequate speaking in German, Spanish, and Portuguese, adequate reading in Latin and Ancient Greek, limited Polish, smatterings of several others.