Thomas Gensheimer

Architectural history professor

Education

  • B.A., anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., architectural history, University of California, Berkeley

Awards, recognitions and honors

  • Savannah College of Art and Design Presidential Fellowship Awards, 2012 and 2015
  • Member, City of Savannah Historic Sites and Monuments Commission, 2011–present
  • Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research in Kenya
  • University Fellowship, University of California, 1993
  • Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Scholarship, 1992
  • University of California Humanities Research Fellowship for the study of architecture in East Africa, 1989
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Organizations

Society of Architectural Historians, Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, International Association for the Study to Traditional Environments, Vernacular Architecture Forum

Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • Co-editor with Celeste Lovette Guichard, "World Heritage and National Registers: Stewardship in Perspective," Transaction Publishers, 2014.
  • "Monument Tomb Architecture of the Medieval Swahili Coast," Buildings and Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, vol. 19, no. 1, Spring 2012: 107–114.
  • "Globalization and the Medieval Swahili City," in "Globalization and Urbanization in Africa," eds. Toyin Falola and Steven J. Salm, Africa World Press, 2004.
  • Co-author of the "Instructor's Manual and Student Workbook" for "Art History, Volume 1," by Marilyn Stokstad, Prentice Hall, 2002.
  • "Cross-Cultural Currents: Swahili Urbanism in the Late Middle Ages" in "Hybrid Urbanism: On the Identity Discourse and the Built Environment," ed. Nezar AlSayyad, Praeger, 2001.
  • Review of "The Bazaar: Markets and Merchants of the Islamic World," by Walter M. Weiss and Kurt-Michael Westerman, Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Reviews, April 1999.
  • "At the Boundaries of Dar Al-Islam: Cities of the East African Coast in the Late Middle Ages," IASTE Working Paper Series, vol. 77, 1997.

Presentations

  • "House as Marketplace: Swahili Merchant Houses in the Later Middle Ages and Their Impact on the East African Urban Environment," Ninth Savannah Symposium: The Architecture of Trade, Savannah, Georgia, March 2015.
  • "Post-Colonial Modernities," Eighth Savannah Symposium: Modernities Across Time and Space, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, February 2013.
  • "Memory and Eternity: Tomb Architecture and the Medieval Swahili City," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Chattanooga, Tennessee, October 2010.
  • "Redefining the Study of African Architecture," Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, session chair, Chicago, Illinois, April 2010.
  • "The Past Within the Present Landscape," Vernacular Architecture Forum Annual Meeting, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, March 2007.
  • "Architecture and Representation in the Public Realm," Fifth Savannah Symposium: Building in the Public Realm, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, February 2007.
  • "Archaic Globalization and the Development of Medieval Swahili Architecture," Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Savannah, Georgia, October 2003.
  • "The Impact of Globalizing Forces on the Medieval Swahili City," African Urban Spaces: History and Culture Conference, University of Texas at Austin, March 2003.
  • "Coercion, Control, and Mythification," Third Savannah Symposium: Commemoration and the City, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, February 2003.
  • The Middle Eastern Cultural Landscape Forum, panelist, Savannah College of Art and Design, Trustees Theater, Savannah, Georgia, November 2001.
  • "Contested Identities," Second Savannah Symposium: Authenticity in Architecture, session chair, Savannah, Georgia, February 2001.
  • "The Colonial Question in Medieval East African History: The Nature of Economic and Cultural Interaction as Seen Through Architecture and Cities," Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Conference, Binghamton University — SUNY, Binghamton, New York, October 1997.
  • "At the Boundaries of Dar Al-Islam: Medieval Swahili Cities of the 14th and 15th Centuries," International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments Conference, Berkeley, California, December 1996.
  • "The Architecture of the Islamic World," Department of Art History, University of California, Davis, guest lecturer, May 1993.