EDUCATION: University of Virginia, Ph.D.; University of Virginia, MA; University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee, MA; University of North Carolina, BA.
Chris Szczesny-Adams, Ph.D. is a Professor in Art History at MIAD. Dr. Szczesny-Adams specialty is scholarship involving architecture, design, and art from the 19th to 21st centuries in America and abroad. Her research, writing, and professional presentations address Midwestern architecture and its broader impact, historic preservation and its contemporary implications in the built environment, the history of cities and their relation to the concepts of modernism, and contemporary architecture, design, and sustainability. Her scholarly work has been published in books and journals.
Szczesny-Adams engages students in her courses through innovative classroom experiences, lectures, discussions, and field studies to support a deeper connection to the content. She has developed and taught a wide variety of classes that range from the Introduction to the Practice of Art & Design History, to upper level electives including: Design, Creativity, & Conscience, Frank Lloyd Wright, Built America: Adaptation or Innovation, Video Games: History, Design, & Art!?!, The City of Modernity, among many others. She has also taught MIAD study abroad programs in Paris, France and Florence, Italy. She works with local organizations lecturing and teaching about Milwaukee’s architecture.
- Read an article The Mark of Mix by Chris Szczesny-Adams
- Read the article Milwaukee’s Forgotten Architects, featuring Chris Szczesny-Adams
- Read the chapter “Edward Townsend Mix: Books and the Professional Architect in Nineteenth Century Milwaukee,” in American Architects and Their Books. by Chris Szczesny-Adams