Gail Fenske

gail fenske
Gail Fenske, Ph.D.Professor of Architecture

Contact Information

x3640gfenske@rwu.eduAR 242Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Architecture/History of Modern Architecture/History of American Architecture/Skyscrapers


B.Arch. Arizona State University
M.S. Arch., Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Registered Architect, Massachusetts 

Gail Fenske teaches subjects in art and architectural history, including the history of modern architecture; American architecture, urbanism, and landscape; and the introduction to global art and architectural history. Her teaching and research emphasize architecture’s intersection with broader social and cultural contexts, among them urban, technological, and visual, with the latter incorporating the fine arts, photography, and film.

She is author of The Skyscraper and the City: The Woolworth Building and the Making of Modern New York (University of Chicago Press, 2008) and co-editor of Aalto and America (Yale University Press, 2012). She is currently preparing Skyscrapers: Landmarks in American Cities for publication with the Library of Congress. She is also the author of several essays in books, among them Skyscraper Gothic (University of Virginia Press, 2017), The American Skyscraper:Cultural Histories (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and The Landscape of Modernity (John Hopkins University Press, 1997), and recently, of the bibliography “Skyscrapers” for Oxford Bibliographies in Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (Oxford University Press, 2020).

She has served as an advisor for museum exhibitions and public television documentaries and has taught as a visiting professor at Cornell, Wellesley, and MIT. She is currently serving as Book Review Editor, the Americas, for the Society of Architectural Historians Journal and has recently served as Secretary, Society of Architectural Historians, and on the Board of Directors for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.

At Roger Williams University, she has served as Director, Program in Art & Architectural History for the Cummings School of Architecture as well as serving on the Honors Advisory Council, Faculty Senate, Foundation to Promote Scholarship and Teaching, and the University Curriculum Committee.

List of Publications