Pilat - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture


Dr. Stephanie Z. Pilat


University of Michigan
PhD, Architecture, Emphasis on Architectural History and Theory

University of Michigan
MS, Architecture

University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Architecture




Stephanie Pilat is a designer and architectural historian whose teaching and research examines points of intersection between politics and architecture. Pilat teaches design studios as well as history courses, including Modern and Contemporary Architecture. She is the founder of the OU Rome program, which allows 10-20 OU architecture students to spend a semester in Rome each year.

In 2015, Pilat was named as one of the “30 most admired educators” in the nation by DesignIntelligence magazine. Pilat is an Associate Professor and Director of the Division of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma.

Pilat is the author of Reconstructing Italy: The Ina-Casa Neighborhoods of the Postwar Era, which tells the story of an Italian postwar housing program that activated the design and construction process for social aims. The book was awarded the 2015 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize for the best work on Italian history by the Society for Italian Historical Studies.

Pilat recently co-organized a symposium dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, which brought together a wide range scholars with community members, and survivors. Pilat and Professor Janet Ward co-edited a theme issue of Social Science Quarterly in which papers from the symposium are published.

Pilat’s current research project examines the hundreds of summer camps and sporting complexes built by the fascist regime in Italy. Pilat’s research has been supported by a Fulbright fellowship, a Rome prize from the American Academy in Rome, an American Association of University Women fellowship and a Wolfsonian-FIU fellowship.

Professional Credentials

Member, American Historical Association. (2015-Present).

Member, Society for Italian Historical Studies. (2015-Present).

Member, American Collegiate Schools of Architecture. (2010-Present).

Member, Society of Architectural Historians. (2003-Present).

Selected Publications

Pilat, S. Z., Christie, J., Bogdanovic, J. (2016). “La Parola al Piccone: Demonstrations of Fascism at the Imperial Fora and the Mausoleum of Augustus.” The Political Landscapes of Capital University of Colorado Press, Vol. 2016.

Ward, J. A., Pilat, S. Z. (2016). Terror, Trauma, Memory: Special Issue Dedicated to the Oklahoma City Bombing Social Science Quarterly, 1st ed., Vol. 97, 124. Social Science Quarterly.

Pilat, S. Z. (2014). Reconstructing Italy: The Ina-Casa Neighborhoods of the Postwar Era Ashgate Press.

Jourdan, D. E., Pilat, S. Z. (2014). “Preserving Public Housing: Federal, State and Local Efforts to Preserve the Social and Architectural Forms Associated with Housing for the Poor.” Journal of Preservation Education & Research, Vol. 7, 19-30.

Featured Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Pilat, S.,, “Presidential Dream Course,” Sponsored by University of Oklahoma, The University of Oklahoma, $20,000. (January 2019 – May 2019).

Pilat, S.,, “Faculty Investment Program Grant,” Sponsored by University of Oklahoma, The University of Oklahoma, $14,000. (January 2018 – November 2018).

Pilat, S.,, “Program for Research Enhancement Grant,” Sponsored by Gibbs College of Architecture, The University of Oklahoma, $5,000. (January 2018 – November 2018).


Presidential Professorship, University of Oklahoma. (2017).

Helen and Howard R. Marraro Book Prize, The Society for Italian Historical Studies. (January 10, 2016).

30 Most Admired Educators for 2015, Design Intelligence. (2015).

Donald and Maria Cox Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow in Modern Italian Studies, 2006-7, American Academy in Rome. (September 2006).

Fulbright Fellowship to Italy, Fulbright. (October 2005).

Classes taught at OU

ARCH 2354, Studio III
ARCH 3443, Modern & Contemporary Arch
ARCH 3543, Research & Critical Writing
ARCH 3555, Design V-Arch Making I
ARCH 3654, Studio VI
ARCH 3655, Design VI-Arch Making II
ARCH 3980, Honors Research (HONORS)
ARCH 4453, Modern & Contemporary Arch
ARCH 4543, Arch Theory & Criticism
ARCH 4855, Design VIII-Arch Synthesis
ARCH 4960, Directed Readings
ARCH 4970, Architecture of Modern Italy
ARCH 5160, Internship
ARCH 5453, Modern & Contemporary Arch
ARCH 5543, Arch Theory & Criticism
ARCH 5960, Directed Readings
ARCH 5970, Architecture of Modern Italy
ARCH 5980, Research for Master’s Thesis
ARCH 5990, Special Studies in Arch
ARCH 6243, Research Methods & Programming
ARCH 6990, Special Studies