Student/Faculty Research

Our professors are making important discoveries. You can, too.

Here's a sampling of research projects by our students:

Choreographing Space

By: Alec Harris '14
Faculty Adviser: Joseph Alchermes and Emily Morash

Building Stories: Cummings Arts Center

By: Andrew Nathanson '13
Faculty Adviser: Bridget Baird

Domesticating Materials and Construction: American Prefabricated Homes, 1900-1960

By: Alison Thomson '13
Faculty Adviser: Emily Morash

The Architecture of Connecticut College

By: Thomas Blake McDonald '10
Faculty Adviser: Abigail Van Slyck

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Elizabeth Venuti Elizabeth Venuti

Architectural studies, Italian studies


Q: Why architectural studies?
A: As a visual person, I started college by taking art courses. Since I was also interested in writing, history and the sciences, I decided to major in architectural studies because of the program's interdisciplinary nature. There are so many areas to explore – from history to design to preservation. The luxury of choice and flexibility are quite appealing. The professors are also passionate and dedicated. It's hard not to get pulled in!


Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I studied in Florence the spring of my junior year. As a double major in architectural studies and Italian studies, the location was a perfect fusion of my interests. I took courses on architectural history, preservation and art and spent most of my class time around the city exploring the urban fabric. I also interned for a museum, giving tours and helping with programs at Palazzo Vecchio.


Q: What research have you done?
A: I've participated in several projects. The summer between junior and senior year, I worked for a historical society near Boston. I conducted research on noteworthy mid-century modern developments in the area and collected material for the society’s archives. Near the College, I've researched houses in and around historic districts for a local preservation organization, New London Landmarks.

Selected courses


  • Survey of the History of Art
  • Architecture, 1400-Present
  • New London: A Cultural Landscape Approach
  • The Arts & Crafts Movement in America
  • 20th-Century Architecture & Design
  • Landscape Architecture Design Studio
  • Three-Dimensional Design and Sculpture
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Environmental Psychology

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