Lisa D. Schrenk is Associate Professor of Architectural History at the University of Arizona. She received a B.A. from Macalester College with degrees in studio art and geography, a Master’s Degree in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a leading authority on the architecture of international expositions and the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and has also presented papers and authored works on Radio Flyer wagons, twentieth-century pattern book houses, thin-shell concrete, and the architecture of India and Southeast Asia. Her book, Building a Century of Progress: The Architecture of Chicago’s 1933-34 World’s Fair (University of Minnesota Press, 2007) was named to Choice Review’s List of Outstanding Academic Titles. Other professional achievements include traveling to Brazil on a Fulbright-Hays program to study sustainably development and receiving a We the People grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for her research on the Oak Park studio of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Dr. Schrenk has participated in a number of Asian Studies programs sponsored by NEH and the East-West Center and served on various professional committees, including being elected President of the Chicago Society of Architectural Historians and to the board of directors for the Society of Architectural Historians. In 2006 and again in 2012 she was named a Charles A. Dana I Award recipient for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and in 2017 became a University of Arizona Faculty Fellow. Her academic research was featured in a full-page article in the Chronicle for Higher Education in November 2007.
Dr. Schrenk has extensive international travel experience, including teaching on the Spring 2015 SAS voyage. She has visited over 75 counties and has firsthand knowledge of most of the architectural landmarks she discusses in her Experiencing World Architecture course. Her most recent travels include trips to Indonesia, to Italy and the Dalmatian Coast, and to Kazakhstan to attend Expo 2017. Dr. Schrenk shares her travel photography with students in her courses and with others via Artstor and her image blog Adventures in Architecture at: http://adventuresinarchitecture.blogspot.com/.