Thomas Gensheimer

Thomas Gensheimer

Thomas Gensheimer

  • B.A., anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ph.D., architectural history, University of California, Berkeley
First year at SCAD:

Awards, recognition and honors

Fulbright Fellowship for dissertation research in Kenya, Phi Beta Kappa


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

  • June 2004 "Globalization and the Medieval Swahili City" Globalization and Urbanization in Africa, Toyin Falola and Steven J. Salm (eds.), Africa World Press
  • June 2002 Co-author of the Instructor's Manual and Student Workbook for Art History, Volume 1, by Marilyn Stokstad, Prentice Hall.
  • Jan. 2001 "Cross-Cultural Currents: Swahili Urbanism in the Late Middle Ages" in Hybrid Urbanism: On Identity and Tradition in the Built Environment, Nezar AlSayyad (ed.), Greenwood Press.
  • Spring 2012 "Monument Tomb Architecture of the Medieval Swahili Coast" in Buildings and Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, vol. 19, no. 1: 107-114
  • Coming Dec. 2013 Co-editor with Celeste Guichard, "World Heritage and National Registers: Stewardship in Perspective." NJ: Transactions Publishers

Previous Positions

Instructor in Architectural and Art History, College of Marin; Lecturer in Architectural History, University of California, Davis; Teaching Assistant in Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Courses Taught

  • ARLH 211 Survey of World Architecture and Urbanism
  • ARLH 325 Islamic Art and Architecture
  • ARLH 344 African Art and Architecture
  • ARLH 363 World Vernacular Architecture
  • ARLH 447 Global Architectural Interconnections before 1900
  • ARLH 457 Cities of the Muslim World
  • ARLH 510 Architecture of World Cultures
  • ARLH 743 Islamic Art and Architecture
  • ARLH 744 African Art and Architecture
  • ARLH 747 Interconnections in Preā€modern Global Architecture
  • ARLH 757 The Islamic City
  • ARLH 763 World Vernacular Architecture