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Juliana Maxim

Juliana Maxim, PhD

Associate Professor, Art History and Architecture
Architecture Program Director
(619) 260-7636

Office: Camino Hall 33B

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30 - 2:30pm; Tuesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm

Juliana Maxim is an art and architectural historian whose work focuses on the history of modern aesthetic practices – from photography to urbanism – under the communist, centralized states of the Soviet Bloc. She completed her PhD dissertation in the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at M.I.T. in 2006.

Maxim was a recipient of the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research Award (2008-2010) and was an American Council for Learned Societies post-doctoral fellow (2012-2013).

Her forthcoming book titled The Socialist Life of Modern Architecture: Bucharest, 1955-1965, explores the remarkably intense and multifaceted architectural activity in postwar Romania and the mechanisms through which architecture was invested with political meaning.

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Can Bilsel

Can Bilsel, PhD

Professor, Architecture and Art History
(619) 260-7987

Office: Camino Hall 33A

Office Hours: on sabbatical Fall 2015 - Spring 2016; returning Fall 2016

Can Bilsel is an architect and scholar specialized in modern architecture, museum displays and archaeological reconstructions. Bilsel received his Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. He holds a Master of Science degree from MIT School of Architecture, and a professional Bachelor of Architecture from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He joined the faculty of the University of San Diego in 2002 where he is currently the Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History. Dr. Bilsel is also the founding director of the University of San Diego’s Architecture Program.

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Adriana Cuellar

Lecturer, Architecture

Office: Camino Hall 45

Adriana Cuéllar ­is principal of CRO studio with her partner Marcel Sanchez, an architectural design practice with experimental urban research projects. She received her Bachelor of Architectur­e from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and holds a Masters in Design Studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Design where she won the Annual Award for Excellence in Housing Design for the architectural and urban proposals for Huixquilucan, México. She received the 2006-2007 Rome Prize Fellowship in Design by the American Academy in Rome, where she pursued her interest on the trajectory with her partner, and developed methodologies of sequential mapping that unveil textures of change and erosion in urban fabrics.

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Kathleen Hallahan

Lecturer, Architecture

Office: Camino Hall 45

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Daniel López-Pérez

Daniel López-Pérez, PhD

Associate Professor, Architecture
(619) 260-7415

Office: Camino Hall 7A

Office Hours: on sabbatical Fall 2015 - Spring 2016; returning Fall 2016

Daniel López-Pérez is an Associate Professor of Architectural Design and a founding faculty member of the Architecture Program at the University of San Diego. Dr. López-Pérez’s scholarship specializes in architectural design research and the historiography of modern architecture. He holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University, a Masters of Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University with honors, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association. His Ph.D. dissertation at Princeton studies the tall-building as a contested historiographical artifact through a composite discourse that examines the simultaneous innovations that took place in its practice, history, theory and criticism.

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Molly McClain

Molly McClain

Interdisciplinary Humanities Program Director
(619) 260-4044

Office: KIPJ 279

Office Hours: M 3:00-6:00 TR 11:00-12:00

Molly McClain, PhD, serves as director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program. Her work in seventeenth-century British history includes a biography of the duke and duchess of Beaufort as well as articles on Queen Mary II. She also publishes work on local history. A ninth-generation San Diegan, she co-edits The Journal of San Diego History.

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Clara Oberle

Clara Oberle, PhD

Associate Professor, History
(619) 260-7813

Office: KIPJ 278

Office Hours: W 9:00-1:00 R 9:30-10:30

Clara M. Oberle, PhD, has been a member of the History department since 2008.  She offers courses on modern Europe, Eastern Europe, and Germany.  Further teaching interests include World War II, women in history, and urban history.  Her research focus is on Berlin, on post-catastrophe cities, and on German history, with special interests in migrations, comparative military occupations, urban planning and housing, as well as the interplay between law and memory.

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Susan Peerson

Susan Peerson

Adjunct Lecturer

Office: Camino Hall 34

Sue Peerson is principal of peerson+design+consult specializing in urban design, city planning, campus planning, and landscape architecture. She has developed a keen understanding of how to integrate physical plans within the political, social, and environmental context. She received her Bachelor of Science in City & Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design where she won The Faculty Medal in Landscape Architecture and Medal of Honor from the American Society of Landscape Architects. She has licensure with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and she was appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve on the City of San Diego Planning Commission in 2012 to help shape the city’s land use policy and design framework.

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Shannon Starkey

Shannon Starkey

Assistant Professor, Architecture

Office: Ch-33 C

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Shannon Starkey is an architect, curator, and architectural historian. He teaches history/theory seminars and design studios. He holds a professional Bachelor’s of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology and is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA.

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Allison Wiese

Allison Wiese, MFA

Associate Professor, Visual Arts
Department Chair
(619) 260-7990

Office: Camino Hall 47

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:30pm - 3:00pm by appointment (sign-up sheet on door)

Allison Wiese, an associate professor, teaches sculpture and related topics. She is an interdisciplinary artist who makes sculptures, installations, sound works and architectural interventions. Wiese’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States at such venues as Machine Project in Los Angeles, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego and Socrates Sculpture Park in New York. She is a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and has also received grants from Art Matters, Creative Capital and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston.

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Sally Yard

Sally Yard, PhD

Professor, Art History
(619) 260-4512

Office: Founders Hall 104

Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30pm - 5:45pm and Wednesdays 4:00pm - 5:45pm

Sally Yard, PhD, joined the faculty in 1989, and served as chair of the department of Art from 1992 through 1997. Yard writes about art since the second world war.  Her research interests stretch from the emergence of abstract expressionism in the United States to the relationship of art and its publics—whether in the contentious terrain of San Diego / Tijuana or the reflective realm of a museum garden.

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