Dr. Stephanie Z. Pilat
University of Michigan
PhD, Architecture, Emphasis on Architectural History and Theory
University of Michigan
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.
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).
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