Faculty Bio Rachel Iannacone

Rachel Iannacone received her Ph.D. from the History of Art Department at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was trained as a historian of 18th, 19th and 20th century architecture and landscape architecture. Her research interests focus on the study of the built environment within its historical and social context and the ways architectural design and urban planning reflect the intricate networks of public life. Professor Iannacone is working on a book that explores the Small Parks Movement in New York City. She is exploring how these parks were used and, in turn, adapted by their users. An article based on that work recently appeared in Gardens and Cultural Change: A Pan-American Perspective, edited by Michel Conan and Jeffrey Quilter (Dumbarton Oaks, 2008). Additional work also appears in Robert Moses and the Transformation of New York (Rizzoli 2007), edited by Hilary Ballon and Kenneth Jackson.

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2005 (Dissertation: Open Space for the Underclass: New York City's Small Parks 1885-1910).

M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001 (Thesis: Daisies for the 'Sad Little Eyes' of Mulberry Street: Public Space in the Reform Era).

B.A., Art History Honors, University of Pennsylvania, May 1994

ARCH 3412: Architecture Since 1750
ARCH 4434/5434: Contemporary Architecture
ARCH 4432/5432: Modern Architecture
ARCH 4150/5410: American Cultural Landscapes
ARCH 4150/5410: Public Space: Power, Protest & Propaganda
M-term Study Abroad 2010: Greece/Cyprus: Heritage & Preservation
M-term Study Abroad 2009: Athens/Nicosia: History and Urban Transition
M-term Study Abroad 2008: Athens: Tradition in Transition
Awards and Fellowships
Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship, Garden and Landscape Studies, 2002-2003

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art, 2002-2003 (Declined)

Trustees' Merit Citation, Carter Manny Award Competition, Graham Foundation, 2002

Social Science Research Council, Program on the Arts, Dissertation Fellowship, 2001-2002

Venturi, Scott-Brown and Associates, Research Fellowship, 2000-2001

"The Small Parks Movement in New York City and the Civilizing Process of Immigrants at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Gardens and the Construction of Cultures in the Americas (Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2008).

 "Central Park," and "Neighborhood Playgrounds and Parks," Robert Moses and the Transformation of New York edited by Hilary Ballon and Kenneth T. Jackson (New York: W.W. Norton, 2007).

Lectures and Talks
"An Elevating Influence: Beaux-Arts Public Parks in New York City." Agents of Civilization: Civic Art and the National Body at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Association of Historians of American Art, College Art Association Conference, February 2009.

"College Housing for Co-eds, Eero Saarinen's Women's Dormitory at the University of Pennsylvania," Art History Department, University of Minnesota, December 4, 2007.

"Public Space in New York at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Design@Noon, College of Design, School of Architecture, University of Minnesota, November 1, 2006.

"The Meaning and Use of Public Space in the Early Twentieth Century: Fannie Griscom Parsons and the First Garden Schools of New York City," Women and the Creation of Public Landscape, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, April 15, 2004.

" 'A little lawn-planting intelligence': Samuel Parsons Jr. and the Debate over Public Space in Twentieth Century New York," Philadelphia Museum of Art Symposium, March 27, 2004.

"The Small Parks in New York City and the Civilizing Process of Immigrants at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," Gardens and the Construction of Cultures in the Americas, Pre-Columbian and Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, October 25, 2003.

"Open Space for the Underclass," Dissertation Colloquium, History of Art Department, University of Pennsylvania, February 2003.

"The Petite Picturesque: Calvert Vaux and the Small Park's Movement," Dumbarton Oaks, October 2002.

"Philadelphia and the City Beautiful Movement," College of General Studies, University of Pennsylvania, October 2000.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Spotlight Lectures, Spring 1997 & Spring 1999 ("William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement," "Life Line by Winslow Homer," "Rachel Weeping by Charles Willson Peale," "Spring by John La Farge").

"Race and Representation: The Native American in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century American Painting," Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, January 21, 1998.