Saboori, Leila

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Leila Saboori is a PhD candidate in Architecture at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, Leila’s dissertation focuses on comparative histories of oil, architecture, and urban modernity in the Persian Gulf region. Located at the intersection of oil and space, her research highlights the role of oil as the key agent in transformations of the 20th-century landscapes. Leila has received various fellowships or grants for presenting her work at several conferences including Urban History Association, Society of Architectural Historians, Vernacular Architecture Forum, and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. She’s also one of UWM- Center for 21st Century Studies Tennessen Scholarship recipients for 2018-19.
Leila’s professional experience includes working as architect and design consultant in Iran prior to joining UWM and three years of working for Historic Preservation Commission - City of Milwaukee. She is currently an adjunct faculty at SARUP, teaching a new architectural history/theory course focusing on trans-national perspectives in the modern architectural history.


GC. Geographic Information Systems, UWM Graduate GIS Certificate Program, 2016
MS. Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2013
B. Architecture, Islamic Azad University of Shiraz, 2006

Research Focus

Architectural History and Theory
Urban History
Oil Urbanism
Historical GIS
Historic Preservation
Modernism and Modernities in the non-Western world


ARCH-190: Special Topics, Meaning of Places, Milwaukee as Architecture Lab
ARCH-533: Topics in Architectural Theory, “Other Modernisms”

Selected Work

“Challenges and Possibilities in the Making of Modern Middle Eastern Oil Cities: J.M. Wilson’s Strategic Architecture and Design”, Paper presented at Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Conference, October 11-13, 2018
“Colonial Planning and Socio-Spatial Segregation”, Paper presented at Urban History Association Conference, October 18-21, 2018
“Ravine Concrete Arch Footbridge at Milwaukee Lake Park: A Cultural Heritage Assessment Study and Report”, collaborative research project- Historic Preservation Commission, City of Milwaukee, July 2016.
“New Urbanism as Redevelopment Scheme: New Urbanism’s Role in Revitalization of Downtown Milwaukee,” ProQuest, August 2013.