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Sheila R. Crane

Associate Professor
Chair
Unit: School of Architecture
Department: Department of Architectural History
Office location and address
Campbell Hall 416
110 Bayly Dr
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Sheila Crane has a long-standing interest in the history and theory of modern architecture and cities, particularly in Europe, North Africa, and the Mediterranean region.  She is the author of Mediterranean Crossroads: Marseille and Modern Architecture, published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2011 with the support of a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.  Her book received the 2013 Spiro Kostof Book Award from the Society of Architectural Historians.  Since September 2011, she has been a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Architectural Education, and she co-edited the “Design+” special issue, to be published in April 2014, with Marc Neveu and Amy Kulper.  Her current research explores how urban landscapes in France and Algeria were transformed during the long struggle for independence and its continuing aftermath. Recent publications include “Rewriting the Battle of Algiers: Ephemeral Tactics in the City at War,” forthcoming in Space and Culture; “Material Occupations,” in Otherwise Occupied: Bashir Makhoul, Aissa Deebi, an exhibition catalogue accompanying the Palestinian art exhibition at the 2013 Venice Biennale; "The Shantytown of Algiers and the Colonization of Everyday Life," in Use Matters: An Alternative History of Architecture (Routledge, 2013); “On the Edge: The Internal Frontiers of Architecture in Algiers/Marseille,” published in the Journal of Architecture in December 2011.  Previous publications have examined the dynamics of memory and forgetting in postwar and postcolonial contexts, new conceptions of historic preservation that emerged during the rebuilding of cities after World War II, the movements of architects and translations of built forms between Marseille and Algiers, and how everyday processes of occupying and appropriating space have shaped cities and their inhabitants.

ARH 1020: History of Architecture II
Credits: 3
This course will examine architecture and urbanism from around 1400 C.E. to the present, tracing connections and distinctions that have guided the design, uses, and meanings of built environments around the globe. You will be introduced to celebrated buildings and less well-known sites and cities, with particular attention to the aesthetic, social, cultural, and institutional situations in which they developed.
ARH 5993: Independent Studies in Architectural History
Credits: 1–4
Advanced work on independent research topics by individual students. Departmental approval of the topic is required.
ARH 7020: History of Architecture II
Credits: 3
This course will examine architecture and urbanism from around 1400 C.E. to the present, tracing connections and distinctions that have guided the design, uses, and meanings of built environments around the globe. You will be introduced to celebrated buildings and less well-known sites and cities, with particular attention to the aesthetic, social, cultural, and institutional situations in which they developed.
ARH 7993: Independent Study: Architectural History
Credits: 1–3
Independent research on topics selected by individual students in consultation with a faculty advisor.
ARH 8001: Methods in Architectural History
Credits: 3
Required for candidates for the degree of Master of Architectural History. An investigation of the nature of architectural history, materials, methods, and writings.
ARH 8800: Teaching Experience
Credits: 3
Supervised teaching research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor, Permission of the Chair.
ARH 8994: Thesis
Credits: 3
Preparation and completion of a thesis..
ARH 8995: MA Thesis Research
Credits: 3
Research on topic for Master Thesis.
ARAH 8998: Non-Topical Rsch, Masters Prep
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
ARH 8999: Thesis Project
Credits: 6–12
For Thesis Preparation, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
ALAR 8999: Non-Topical Design Research-Masters
Credits: 1–12
Independent Design Thesis Studio. Prerequisite: ALAR 8100 and permission of the chair.
ARAH 8999: Non-Topical Research, Masters
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
ARH 9540: Seminar in 20th/21st Century Architecture
Credits: 3
Special research topics pursued in a seminar.
ARAH 9995: Supervised Research
Credits: 3–12
Supervised Research
ARAH 9998: Non-Topical Rsch,Doctoral Prep
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
ARAH 9999: Non-Topical Research, Doctoral
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.