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Jhennifer Amundson

Jhennifer Amundson Profile

Contact Information

Name:Jhennifer Amundson
Title:Interim Dean
Year Started:2001
Phone Number:847-628-1019
Office Location:HAWAC 408


Ph.D., University of Delaware
B.S.A.S, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.Arch., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Before coming to Judson in 2001, Dr. Amundson held teaching positions at North Carolina State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Some time earlier, she completed her professional internship at architectural firms in Illinois, where she maintains licensure. Her ongoing research stems from her dissertation on nineteenth-century architect Thomas U. Walter. Walter designed the US Capitol Building's dome (among hundreds of other projects), wrote the first comprehensive history and theory of architecture in America, and was a founding member of the AIA. Dr Amundson teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Expertise / Involvements

History of Architecture, Architectural Theory, American Architecture, Modern Architecture.


Thomas Ustick Walter: The Lectures on Architecture, 1841-1853  (Athenæum of Philadelphia, 2006)

Essays “Classicism” (with Christopher Miller), “Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912),” “Demolition,” “Ludwig Hilberseimer (1885-1967),” “Glass Skyscraper (1920-21), Mies van der Rohe,” “John Wanamaker Store, Philadelphia” in the three-volume Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Architecture (Routledge, 2004)

“What's Behind the Wall: Progressive Public Memorials and Private Commemoration”  Reflections 10, Spring 1995

Expected in 2007
“Vast Avenues to Knowledge: Thomas U. Walter’s Books,” chapter for American Architects and their Books, 1848-1898, ed. James O’Gorman (University of Massachusetts Press)

Recent Papers and Other Scholarship
2006 – “Monuments of the American Republic and Its Technology” at the Conference “Inventing America: The Interplay of Technology and Democracy in Shaping American Identity,” co-sponsored by the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (Smithsonian Institution) and the University of Virginia Department of Science, Technology and Society
2004 - Guest Curator for exhibition “T. U. Walter: Historical Architecture for a Modern World”(exhibition ran April 3-August 27 2004; exhibition available on-line: (http://www.philaathenaeum.org/tuw/)
2004 - "Vast avenues to knowledge: Thomas Ustick Walter’s Books” -Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting
2004 - “Thomas Ustick Walter’s Lectures: America’s First Architectural Theory” -Athenaeum of Philadelphia Symposium “Thomas Ustick Walter”
2003 - “Thomas Ustick Walter’s Architectural Alchemy: The Congressional Library and Capitol Dome” - US Capitol Historical Society Symposium “Additions to the Capitol, 1850-Present”
2003 - “Only Savages Disregard the Past” - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Architecture
2003 - “Republican Triumph, Civic Arch, and Philadelphia’s Capitoline: A Parade for Lafayette” -Symposium “Commemoration & the City,” Savannah College of Art and Design
2002 - “The Civic Function of William Rush’s Architectural Sculpture in Federal-Era Philadelphia” - College Art Association, Annual Meeting
2002 - “Literature, Architecture, and Meaning: Thomas Ustick Walter's Books and Buildings” - Winterthur Museum and Library

Professional Societies or Affiliations

Society of Architectural Historians, Institute of Classical

Current Projects

Preparing a book-length manuscript on Thomas Ustick Walter.

Grants and Scholarships

2007 Research Fellowship, Winterthur Library and Museum
2006 Homer and Margaret Surbeck Summer Research Stipend, Judson College
2003  National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend
2003  Winterthur Museum and Library Research Fellowship
2003  Graham Foundation Grant (with Athenæum of Philadelphia)
2003  Athenæum of Philadelphia Charles E. Peterson Fellowship
1998  Henry Luce Traveling Grant for Dissertation Study
1998  Mellon Research Grant, Virginia Historical Society
1998  United States Capitol Historical Society Fellowship
1998  Charles E. Peterson Fellowship, Athenæum of Philadelphia
1998  Allen Dissertation Research Travel Grant
1997  Allen Dissertation Research Travel Grant
1997  Hagley-Winterthur Arts and Industries Fellowship
1997  Winterthur Research Fellow

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