Denise Costanzo

Dr. Denise Costanzo
Dr. Denise Costanzo

Assistant Professor of Architecture and Art History


Department of Architecture
332 Stuckeman Family Building
(814) 863-5581


  • Ph.D and M.A. in Art History, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.E.D., Texas A&M University

Specialty Area: 

History and Theory of Modern Architecture


Dr. Costanzo teaches courses in theory, criticism, and precedent analysis in Penn State’s Department of Architecture. Her research investigates twentieth-century architectural history and theory. Her first book, What Architecture Means: Connecting Ideas and Design (2016; Chinese edition to appear in December 2017), offers a thematic introduction to architectural theory. Her current book project, Modern Architects and the Postwar Rome Prize, is a multi-national analysis of the changing significance of Rome and its national academies during the Cold War, based on the work of American, French, British and Spanish architects. For this project she was awarded the Marian and Andrew D. Heiskell Rome Prize in Modern Italian Studies at the American Academy in Rome for 2014-2015. Dr. Costanzo has published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architecture, the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome and (forthcoming, October 2016) the Journal of Architectural Education. Her essays also appear in various edited volumes, including The Baroque in Architectural Culture, 1880-1980, ed. Andrew Leach, John MacArthur, and Maarten Delbeke (Ashgate: 2015); Archi.Pop: Mediating Architecture in Popular Culture, ed. D. Medina Lasansky (Bloomsbury: 2014); The Renaissance: Revised, Unexpurgated, Expanded, ed. D. Medina Lasansky (Periscope Press: 2014), and Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America, ed. Joan Ockman (The MIT Press: 2012).