ARIJIT SEN teaches architectural design, urbanism and cultural landscapes at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He cofounded Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, an interdisciplinary doctoral program area shared by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Milwaukee. His writings include articles and book chapters on South Asian immigrant cultural landscapes and early 20th Century immigration in the United States.


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. 2002

Arch., Iowa State University, Ames. 1991

Arch., University of Bombay, Bombay. 1987




“Landscapes of Mobility: Culture, Politics and Placemaking,” (Arijit Sen and Jennifer Johung coeditors), Ashgate Publishers, UK, 2013. pdf

“Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City,” (Arijit Sen and Lisa Silverman coeditors), Indiana University Press, 2014. pdf

 Journal Articles 

“Food, Place and Memory: Bangladeshi Fish Stores on Devon Avenue, Chicago,” Food & Foodways 24, 1-2 (April 2016), 67 – 88. pdf

“Staged Disappointment: Architecture and Cultural Contact” Winterthur Portfolio 47: 4 (Winter 2013), pp. 207-244. pdf.

“Architecture and World Making: Production of Sacred Space in San Francisco’s Vedanta Temple” South Asian History and Culture 2 (January 2011): 76-102. pdf

“Creative Dissonance: Performance of Ethnicity in Banal Space,” In InTensions 2 (Spring 2009), http://www.yorku.ca/intent/pastissues.html

Book Chapters 

“Contemporary Immigrant Architecture in the United States.” The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture, Swati Chattopadhyay and Jeremy White (Eds.), (New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2019).

“Transnational Performances in Chicago’s Independence Day Parade,” Transnational Cities: Past into Present, Andrew K. Sandoval-Strausz and Nancy H. Kwak (Eds.), (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). pdf

“Discarding Corb’s Shoes: Marginal Voices and Local Histories from the Urban Edge,” Chandigarh Rethink: Transforming Ruralities & Edge(ness) in Global Urbanities, Manu Sobti (Ed.), (San Francisco, ORA Editions, 2017). pdf.

“Awe and Order: Ethno-Architecture in Everyday Life,” in Ethno-Architecture and the Politics of Migration, Mirjana Lozanovska (editor), (Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2015), p. 151-164. pdf

“Intertwined Cultures along Devon Avenue, Chicago,” Out of the Loop: Chicago. Virginia Price, David Spatz, Bradford Hunt (editors), Chicago: Miday Books, Agate Publishing, 2015), 749-825.

“Picturing Milwaukee: Urban Public Space in the Age of the Anthropocene,” Placing the Golden Spike: Landscapes of the Anthropocene. Exhibition Catalog, Institute of Visual Arts, INOVA, March 26-June 13, 2015, Dehlia Hannah and Sara Karjewski Editors, (Oregon: Publication Studio, 2015), 136-148. pdf

“Transcultural Place-making: Intertwined Spaces of Sacred and Secular on Devon Avenue, Chicago,” In Transcultural Cities: Bordercrossing & Placemaking, (Jeff Hou, editor, Routledge, 2013), p. 19-33. pdf

“From Curry Mahals to Chaat Cafes: Spatialities of the South Asian Culinary Landscape” In Curried Cultures, Tulasi Srinivasan and Krishnendu Ray Editors. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012). pdf

“Evaluating Lived Landscapes and Quotidian Architecture of Muslim Devon,” In Homogenization of Representations, p. 175-195, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture Knowledge Construction Workshop II, Modjtaba Sadria Editor, (London: I.B.Tauris, 2011). pdf

 Proceedings and Working Papers

“Devon Avenue Tour,” Academic Tour Guide, Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference, Chicago, June 2016.

“Making Sense of the Architectural Production of ‘Others’: Architectural Design and Multiculturalism,” Proceedings of the 98th ACSA Annual Conference, March 4-7, 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana, Bruce Goodwin and Judith Kinnard, Editors (Washington D.C.: ACSA Press 2010).

“Past Knowing and Representational Practices: Visual Culture and the Social Production of Peoplehood. “ In Center for 21st Century Studies Working Papers Series, Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, forthcoming.

“Global Cultures in Local Economies: Case Study of Ethnic Fast Food Restaurants “ In Proceedings of the 96th ACSA Annual Conference, March 27-30, 2008, Houston, Texas

“Decoding Ethnicity in the Jackson Heights South Asian Shopping Strip,” Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference, New York City, June 2006. pdf

“Learning from the Ordinary: The urban vernacular and the early-major student in CSI-arch,” Proceedings of the ACSA Annual Conference, March 31-April 3, 2006, Salt Lake City, Utah. pdf

“Ethnicity in the City: Reading Representations of Cultural Difference in Indian Storefronts.” In City, Space + Globalization: An International Perspective. Proceedings of an International Symposium (Ed.) Hemlata C. Dandekar. Ann Arbor, MI: College of Architecture and Urban Planning, 1998. pdf

Thai-Japanese Culture on Architecture and Environment: Decoding House Form and Culture, Teleconference Discussion on Culture, Architecture, and Environment, June 3-July 1, 2006, Lectures (4 weeks, 1 hour long course and lecture, assignments), Print and DVD format

 Encyclopedia Articles

“Architecture: Asian Religions,” In Encyclopedia of Religion in America, Charles Lippy and Peter Williams (editors), (Washington DC: CQ Press, 2010)

“Charlotte Russell Partridge,” In the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, Amanda Seligman and Margo Anderson (editors), (Chicago: Northern Illinois University Press, 2017 forthcoming)

“Placemaking,” In the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee, Amanda Seligman and Margo Anderson (editors), (Chicago: Northern Illinois University Press, 2017 forthcoming)Book reviews, reports, websites, and other minor publications

Picturing Milwaukee: Washington Park, Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School Monograph, (Milwaukee: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, Lulu Press, 2015).

Picturing Milwaukee: Washington Park, Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School Monograph, (Milwaukee: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, Lulu Press, 2014).

Perspetivas Criticas,” ARQA Arquitetura E Arte 116 (November-December 2014), p. 20-21

“Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Urban Field School,” Feature Article, Vernacular Architecture Newsletter (VAN), (Spring 2014).

Picturing Milwaukee: Historic Water Tower, Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School Monograph, (Milwaukee: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, Lulu Press, 2013).

Picturing Milwaukee: Thurston Woods, Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School Monograph, (Milwaukee: Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, Lulu Press, 2012).

Book Review for Ethnoburb: The New Ethnic Community in Urban America, Wei Li, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2009. In Buildings and Landscapes (Fall 2011),

Book Review for Unsettled Visions: Contemporary Asian American Artists and the Social Imaginary, Margo Machida, Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2008. In Journal of American Ethnic History (Fall 2012).

Book Review for Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity in a Transylvanian Town, Rogers Brubaker, Margit Feischmidt, Jon Fox, and Liana Grancea, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2006. In Material Culture. (Spring, 2009). p. 134-137.

Book Review for Architecture as Signs and Systems for a Mannerist Time. Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press, 2004. In Material Culture 40 (Fall, 2008). p. 123-125

“Changing Vantage Point: Study of the Everyday Cultural Landscape” In Global Currents: A Biannual Bulletin by the Center for International Education, 5 (Fall 2008), 5-6.

Book Review for Memory and Architecture (Ed) Eleni Bastea. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004. In Journal of Architectural Education. 60: 2. November 2006, pp. 70-71.

Book Review for Ethnicity: Geographic Perspectives on Ethnic Change in Modern Cities (Eds.) Curtis C. Roseman, Hans Dieter Laux, and Gunter Thieme. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 1996. In Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments. voliii. no. 11. Spring 1997, pp. 76-77.

Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures website content design and implementation. Designed and wrote the intellectual content of the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures website and information clearinghouse for scholarship on the study of cultural landscapes and architectural history. http://www.blcprogram.org

Participatory Design Workshops reports, Facilitator, Kinnickinnic River Trail Design Workshop, National Park Service, WDNR, City of Milwaukee, UWM Community Design Solutions, Groundwork Milwaukee, and the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center, October 25, 2006REPORT THIS AD

“Participatory Design Workshops,” Mountain View Charette team, San Jose State University, Department of Urban Planning, San Jose, CA. Summer 1995

“The Seen, the Unseen, and the Scene: A Cultural Landscape Cross-sectional Study along Jackson Street, Muncie, IN,” Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture West Central Conference, Ball State University, October 2003

The Exhibit and monograph, CAP Americano Sur Exhibit at The CAP gallery, Ball State University, Fall 2004

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