Sen, Arijit

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Dr. Arijit Sen is an architect and vernacular architecture historian who writes, teaches and studies urban cultural landscapes. He has worked on post disaster reconstruction and community-based design in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans and directed public history and cultural landscapes field schools in Milwaukee. Sen’s academic and research background is in architectural history, social, cultural and behavioral analysis of the built environment, and American cultural landscape studies. He teaches courses in American cultural landscapes that focus on methods of doing urban fieldwork and research. Currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with an honorary appointment with the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Dr. Sen cofounded the multi-campus based Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures area of doctoral research on cultural landscapes. He serves on the board of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, a national organization dedicated to the study, preservation and analysis of the everyday world and the Society of Architectural Historians. Sen has coedited Landscapes of Mobility: Culture, Politics and Placemaking (Ashgate Publishers, UK, 2013, Jennifer Johung coeditor) and Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City (Indiana University Press, 2014, Lisa Silverman coeditor).

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Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. 2002
M. Arch., Iowa State University, Ames. 1991
B. Arch., University of Bombay, Bombay. 1987

Research Focus

Ethnicity and urban ethnic spaces Food landscapes Immigration history American cultural landscapes Social justice, architectural history Environment and behavior studies Race and class and gender in America Architectural design Transnational cultural studies


Arch 585 Research Methods
Arch 645/845 Multiculturalism
Arch 751 Theories of Environment Design Research
Arch 790 Practicum on Buildings-Landscapes Cultures

Selected Work

Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City, (Arijit Sen and Lisa Silverman coeditors), Indiana University Press, 2014.

Landscapes of Mobility: Culture, Politics and Placemaking, (Arijit Sen and Jennifer Johung coeditors), Ashgate Publishers, UK, 2013.

"Transnational Performances in Chicago’s Independence Day Parade," Transnational Cities: Past into Present, Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz and Nancy H. Kwak (Eds.), (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)

“Discarding Corb’s Shoes: Marginal Voices and Local Histories from the Urban Edge,” Chandigarh Rethink: Transforming Ruralities & Edge(ness) in Global Urbanities, Manu Sobti (Ed.), (San Francisco, ORA Editions, 2017).

“Charlotte Russell Partridge,” In the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, Amanda Seligman and Margo Anderson (editors), (Chicago: Northern Illinois University Press, 2017)

“Placemaking,” In the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, Amanda Seligman and Margo Anderson (editors), (Chicago: Northern Illinois University Press, 2017)

“Food, Place and Memory: Bangladeshi Fish Stores on Devon Avenue, Chicago,” Food & Foodways 24, 1-2 (April 2016), 67 - 88

“Awe and Order: Ethno-Architecture in Everyday Life,” in Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration, Mirjana Lozanovska (editor), (Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2015), p. 151-164.

“Intertwined Cultures along Devon Avenue, Chicago,” Out of the Loop: Chicago. Virginia Price, David Spatz, Bradford Hunt (editors), Chicago: Miday Books, Agate Publishing, 2015), 749-825.

“Picturing Milwaukee: Urban Public Space in the Age of the Anthropocene,” Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene. Exhibition Catalog, Institute of Visual Arts, INOVA, March 26-June 13, 2015, Dehlia Hannah and Sara Karjewski Editors, (Oregon: Publication Studio, 2015), 136-148.

“Staged Disappointment: Architecture and Cultural Contact” Winterthur Portfolio 47: 4 (Winter 2013), pp. 207-244.

“Transcultural Place-making: Intertwined Spaces of Sacred and Secular on Devon Avenue, Chicago,” In Transcultural Cities: Border‐crossing & Placemaking, (Jeff Hou, editor, Routledge, 2013), p. 19-33.

“From Curry Mahals to Chaat Cafes: Spatialities of the South Asian Culinary Landscape” In Curried Cultures, Tulasi Srinivasan and Krishnendu Ray Editors. (Berkeley: University of California Press, In Press, 2012)

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