Elizabeth Deans

Elizabeth Deans

Elizabeth Deans

Assistant Director

Art History: Materiality and Objectivity of Architecture, Book Culture, Interiors

Elizabeth teaches seminars in design history and material culture. Her courses explore interdisciplinary relationships between spaces and objects, investigating themes of mimesis, intellectual culture, materiality, objectivity, and interiority. Her doctoral dissertation explores British design albums and the role manuscript albums played on architectural education and professionalization of the architect during the long eighteenth century.

Courses Taught

Survey of Decorative Arts and Design (1450-1800)

Survey of Decorative Arts and Design (1800-Present)

The Art of the Book: Global Materiality

The Home: History and Theory of an Idea




PhD History of Art, University of York, UK dissertation in progress

MA History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons the New School for Design

BA Design Studies and Architectural History, University of Maryland

Recent Presentations

“Marvelous Volumes: Artistry of the 18th-century Architect’s Portfolio.” Rienzi Symposium, A Sense of Proportion: Architect-Designed Objects, 1650–1950 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, September 24, 2016.