Ashley Gardini is an architectural historian teaching global architectural history at community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an active member of the Society of Architectural Historians. She is currently an interim member of the SAH Board, a member of the SAH Membership Committee, and previously an Advisory Committee Member for the SAH Data Project.


Gardini’s current interests are in how we teach architectural history and how we can engage the wider public. Her previous research focused on Antonio Sant’Elia and the development of Italian Futurist architecture. She analyzed how the legacy of Sant’Elia was used to incorporate Italian Futurism into fascist mythmaking. Her work was presented at the 33rd annual conference of the American Association of Italian Studies. This research evolved into an essay and a review published in the 2017 and 2018 editions of the Yearbook of Futurism Studies.


  • agardini [at] dvc [dot] edu



San Jose State University – Master’s of Art, emphasis Art History

San Francisco State University – Bachelor’s of Art, emphasis Art History


Teaching Experience:

  • Art history survey courses covering Prehistory to the 18th century.

  • Architectural history courses covering Prehistory to Contemporary architecture


“The Reception of Futurist Architecture after the Second World War,” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, ed. Günter Berghaus. Publication: May 2018. (LINK)

“New Publications on Futurist Architecture,” International Yearbook of Futurism Studies, ed. Günter Berghaus. Publication: May 2017. (LINK)


“The Realities of Adjuncting Today,” Contingent Talk for CAA Conversations Podcast, College Arts Association, March 2019. (LINK)

Master’s Thesis:

“The Legacy of Antonio Sant’Elia: An Analysis of Sant’Elia’s Posthumous Role in the Development of Italian Futurism during the Fascist Era,” San Jose State University, completed April 2014.

Conference Paper:

“Defining Sant’Elia: The Intersection of Italian Futurism and Modern Architecture” – presented at the American Association of Italian Studies 33rd Annual Conference, University of Oregon, April 2013.

Blog Posts


    Interim SAH Board Member, Society of Architectural Historians, August 2021 to April 2022

    Advisory Committee Member, SAH Data Project, Society of Architectural Historians, July 2019 to July 2021. (LINK)


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