Elizabeth Riorden

Elizabeth Riorden , MArch

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

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Professional Summary

Elizabeth Riorden studied architecture in New York City, receiving her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation in 1981. After working in New York City as an architectural designer, and after 1988 as a registered architect, in 1990 she returned to an earlier career interest: archaeology. With an undergraduate degree from Brown University in Ancient and Medieval Culture (graduating magna cum laude in 1978), Riorden had always sustained an deep interest in the built environment of past civilizations; in 1989 she was invited to participate in the newly resumed excavations at Troy, in Northwest Turkey, as a collaborator to the late Prof. Manfred Korfmann of the Universität Tübingen, and to Prof. C. Brian Rose, then of the University of Cincinnati. At Troy she pursued field documentation, architectural studies, and site conservation, this last under the mentoring of an older generation of international Bauforscher and conservators consulting for the Troy project. Her Troy drawings and articles are published in numerous volumes of Studia Troica. Most recently, she has authored an entire chapter, entitled “Conservation and Presentation of the Site of Troy, 1988-2012”, in the first volume of the final synthesis, published in 2014 and edited by Rose with Ernst Pernicka and Peter Jablonka.

In the mid-1990s, IBM Deutschland sponsored Riorden and her team in a project to use CATIA software to build 3D models of some of the layers of Troy most difficult to visualize. This work was expanded in the new millennium, in collaboration with Dr. Peter Jablonka of the Tübingen Troy Project, to include detailed models of six major periods of the Bronze Age and classical city. In 2002 Riorden adjusted her career path once more and became a full-time academic, teaching architectural design, history and preservation at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Architecture and Interior Design. Using the resource of CERHAS (Center for the Electronic Reconstruction of Historic and Archaeological Sites), located in her department’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, and a generous grant from the US National Endowment for the Humanities, Riorden’s team produced the educational website “Troy” (cerhas.uc.edu/troy), which featured animations of the six computer models and other original material.

In 2006, the Troy Project invited Riorden to consider authoring a “Site Management Master Plan” for Troy. With funding from INSTAP (Institute for Aegean Prehistory) and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Riorden and a team of two University of Cincinnati graduate architecture students spent the 2008 season at Troy preparing material and conducting observational and other studies for the Master Plan, which Riorden completed in 2009.

Riorden is a Fellow of the American Academy of Rome (Samuel H. Kress Fellowship in Historic Preservation 2002) where her Fellowship project involved a study of roof interventions in sensitive archaeological sites. She has pursued field work at the medieval site of Psalmodi in the Rhône delta of France, bringing her students to the ruined monastic site for training in advanced architectural documentation and analysis. She has given numerous public lectures on her work in Turkey and France, and is currently working on several manuscripts, on architectural and urban topics ranging from the Early Bronze Age cities of the Aegean, to diachronic analyses of Mediterranean cities. She has also served on the Board of advisors of a Cincinnati area advocacy group, the Friends of Whitewater Shaker Village, and directed her students in a successful HABS documentation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Boulter House, which won an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Charles E. Peterson Prize.


Master of Architecture (M Arch): Columbia University New York City, 1981

Bachelor of Arts (AB), magna cum laude : Brown University Providence, 1978 (Interdisciplinary major in Ancient and Medieval Culture, John Rowe Workman, advisor; Junior semester abroad, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, 1977)

Research and Practice Interests

Historic Preservation and Conservation, Architectural History and Archaeology, Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Resource Management, Computer Visualization and Cultural Applications, Design and Urban Design

Positions and Work Experience

2008 -To Present Associate Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), University of Cincinnati,

2013 -2015 Associate School Director for Faculty Affairs, School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), University of Cincinnati,

2002 -2008 Assistant Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), University of Cincinnati,

2001 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, SAID, University of Cincinnati,

1990 -To Present The Troy Project, Most recent accomplishment: publication of chapter in Volume 1 of Troy Monograph series (2014); UNESCO site master planning—completed Troy: An Archaeological Site Management Masterplan , September 2009; public educational applied research, articles on interpretation of architectural finds (2001-present); direction of site conservation, surveying and architectural research, taught CAD to staff (1995-1999); site documentation, re-publication of archaeological comprehensive plan (1990-1994), The Universities of Tübingen and Cincinnati, Troy, Turkey

2003 -To Present Digital Psalmodi, Creation of a digital interpretation of the archaeological remains (2003-present) Most recent work: manuscript with summary of analysis on the architecture of the monastery (submitted 2013 for editorial review), Former monastery near Nîmes, France

2008 -2009 The Digital Lerna Project, A combination of archival and digital reconstruction work for the Early Bronze Age site of Lerna. Initial investigations in 2008 and 2009 supported by the Institute for Aegean Prehistory and the American School of Classical Studies in Athens., Greece

1979 -1997 Psalmodi Excavation, Electronic site survey (1997); site documentation (1979-81, 1974-77), Nîmes, France

2000 - The Agios Spyridon Project, Site mapping, Milos, Greece

1999 -2002 GBBN Inc., Architects, Team member for Children’s Hospital Medical Center., Cincinnati, Ohio

1990 -1991 Cioppa Rosen Associates Inc., Rockefeller Center commercial renovation., New York City

1987 -1990 Kupiec & Koutsomitis Architects PC, Diverse residential projects., New York City

1986 -1987 Eli Attia Architects, Diverse projects., New York City

1984 -1986 Prentice and Chan, Olhausen Architects, Diverse projects, New York City

1982 -1984 Mascioni and Behrmann Architecture and Interiors, Diverse projects., New York City

2011 - Professional Consultation, Ohio Mid-Fest. Official review of programs supported by Ohio Humanities Council.,

05-2005 - Professional Consultation, Advised on NEH and other sponsored research grants for projects involving the application of technology to culture., The School of Architecture of the University of Nebraska,

Research Support

Grant: #EE-50122-04 Investigators:Riorden, Elizabeth 04-01-2004 -12-31-2007 National Endowment for the Humanities Troy on the Internet Role:PI $182,000.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #OHC-R04-214 Investigators:Riorden, Elizabeth 11-01-2004 -06-30-2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Culture and Technology: Understanding and Preserving the Past through Visualization Role:PI $2,000.00 Closed Level:Federal

Grant: #Pr Inc 1 Investigators:Riorden, Elizabeth 11-01-2004 -06-30-2005 Program Income Culture and Technology: Understanding and Preserving the Past Through Visualization Program Income Role:PI $2000

2008 -2009 The Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP) "A Site Management Plan for Troy"

2009 The Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP) "Digital Lerna"

2008 The Samuel H. Kress Foundation "A Site Management Plan for Troy"

Investigators:Elizabeth Riorden and Jeffrey T. Tilman 2008 The Psalmodi Foundation Role:Co-principal investigator

Investigators:Elizabeth Riorden and Jeffrey T. Tilman 2005 The Psalmodi Foundation Role:Co-principal investigator

2004 The Psalmodi Foundation. Role:Principal Investigator.

2003 University Research Council of the University of Cincinnati

06-2014 The Institute for Global Studies and Affairs, University of Cincinnati

03-2004 The Institute for Global Studies and Affairs, University of Cincinnati

06-2005 The Lindenwald Civic Association (LCA) Gift to the School of Architecture and Interior Design from the LCA, through leading an adaptive re-use studio, including exhibit of student work in Hamilton, Ohio.

10-2004 The Ohio Humanities Council Grant for symposium and lecture series “Culture and Technology: Architecture that isn’t there.”


Peer Reviewed Publications

(2009. ) “Dörpfeld’s Theory of Wood and Mudbrick Architecture: Implications and a Reassessment” .Byzas , , 9 ,199-210

(2007. ) “Ilion’s Odeion: a reconstruction and its implications” .Studia Troica, , 17 ,47-55

(1996. ) “Three-Dimensional Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) in Anastylosis: A Case-Study at the Odeion of Ilion” . Studia Troica, , 6 ,103-110

Elizabeth Riorden and Friedmund Hueber (1994. ) “Plan von Troia 1994 and Troia. Freiliegende Ruinen und Besucherwege 1994” .Studia Troica, , 4 ,115-120

Other Publications

Elizabeth Riorden, and Jeffrey T. Tilman; to be translated into French by Kirsten Koehler. (2011. ) Psalmodi Final Report: Architectural Studies and Overview .

Elizabeth Riorden (2009. ) Troy: An Archaeological Site Management Masterplan .

Elizabeth Riorden (2000. ) "Visions of Troy" .Archaeology, January/February edition ,52-59

(2006. ) Practices 7/8,

Published Books

The City, the Ship and the Temple; Aegean Architecture and Urbanization in the Early Bronze Age. .

Pirates, Empires, People: the Deep Time Structure of Mediterranean Cities (tentatively) .

Book Chapter

(2014 ) “Conservation and Presentation of the Site of Troy, 1988-2012” Troia 1987-2013: Grabungen und Forschungen I; Forschungsgeschichte, Methoden und Landschaft, Teil 1 (Studio Troica Monograph Series 5) .(pp. 428-519).

“The Architecture of the Benedictine Abbey of Psalmodi”

“Memento Mori: Ruins during Antiquity”

Additional Publications


Invited Presentations

(03-2013. ) “Locus vs. Metis: the complexities of depicting versus measuring, at Troy, and elsewhere.” .The Symposium Troy: New Perspectives on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage in Turkey at the Allard-Pierson Museum and the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands,

(03-2013. ) “Troy: Fact, Fiction, Significance.” .Hanover College, Madison, Indiana. .

(11-2012. ) “Troy, the Iliad, and the Nature of Epic.” .The Symposium Myth and Memory at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL..

(04-2011. ) “EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ARCHAEOLOGY AND CRM*but were afraid to ask.” .The University of Pennsylvania, School of Classical Studies,

(10-2008. ) “Troy: past, present, future. Why Site Management Plans matter.” .The University of Texas, Austin. ,

(2008. ) “Looting in Turkey” .University of Cincinnati, Department of Anthropology.,

(02-2007. ) “What did Homer Really Know?” .The Honors Seminar of the Department of Classics and Comparative Religion at Ohio University, Athens, OH. .

(03-2006. ) “Greece, Troy, Archaeology and Meaning” .The CMC’s “Just for Teachers” series at the Cincinnati Museum Center,

(11-2005. ) “Visualization and Site Conservation at Troy” .The University of Pennsylvania, School of Classical Studies.,

(09-2005. ) “Timeless Troy – Homer’s Windy City” .The Smithsonian, Washington DC.

(06-2004. ) “Traces of the Iliad at Bronze Age Troy” and “Uses of the Legend in Classical Troy” .The Smithsonian, Washington DC.

(02-2003. ) “Between Two Chairs: Archaeology and Architecture” .UCLA Honors Program at UCLA,

Elizabeth Riorden and Betsey Robinson (02-2002. ) “Troy and Corinth: Perspectives on the Past” .The American Academy in Rome,

(02-2002. ) “The production of The Ancient Roman City: a collaboration" .The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome ,

(07-1997. ) “A Few Things an Archaeologist should know about Site Conservation” .At the restored Odeion of Troy, Turkey,

(10-1993. ) “What does an Architect do at an Archaeological Site?” .Williams College, MA.,

Event Organized

“Architecture that isn’t there: Virtual Recreations of the Destroyed, the Altered and the Never Built"

“Architecture that isn’t there: Virtual Recreations of the Destroyed, the Altered and the Never Built" Symposium 04-2005 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

Student Advising

Ana Ozaki (Master ) Committee Member 2014

Gözde Doğramacılar (Master ) Committee Member 2010

Banu Bedel (Master ) Committee Member 2006

Jose Kozan (Master ) Committee Member 2003

(Master ) Chair 2010

(Master ) Chair 2009

(Master ) Chair 2008

(Master ) Chair 2007


Reviewer of Ohio Mid-Fest 2011 on behalf of Ohio Humanities Council grantees Type:Community Service 2011

Ohio Association of Garden Clubs, annual photo competition Judge Type:Community Service 2007

Member of the Board of Trustees, Friends of White Water Shaker Village Type:Community Service 2004 -To Present

Presentation to fifth-graders on Troy, Waldorf School, Winton Place, Cincinnati, OH Type:Community Service 2005

Member of the Board of Advisors, Friends of White Water Shaker Village Type:Community Service 2003 -2004

Volunteers Coordinator, Society of Architectural Historians 61st Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, OH Type:Service to Professional Associations 04-2008

Paper reviewer, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2007, 2008 and 2010 meetings. Reviewer Type:Service to Professional Associations

Chairperson, SAID Faculty Search Committee Type:Departmental Service 2011 -2015

Chairperson, Ad-Hoc committee to review/rewrite School’s Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure document Type:Departmental Service 2009 -2010

School Committee on Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Type:Departmental Service 2009 -2010

Presentation for Graduate Student organized colloquium Type:Departmental Service 2007

Reviewer for Master of Architecture applications Type:Departmental Service 2006 -2009

Reviewer for Master of Architecture applications Type:Departmental Service 2012 -2013

Chairperson, History, Theory and Criticism Curriculum Committee Type:Departmental Service 2005 -2006

Committee to Review SAID document on “Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure” Type:Departmental Service 2005

Organized a 2-year lecture series Type:Departmental Service 2003 -2004

Faculty Search Committee Type:Departmental Service 2002 -2005

Associate School Director for Faculty Affairs Type:University/College Service 2013 -2015

College Committee on Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure Type:University/College Service 2008 -2009

Committee on Research Excellence for DAAP UC/21 Type:University/College Service 2004

Chairperson, Humanities & Arts Committee of the University Research Council (reviews grants) Type:University/College Service 2006 -2009

Ad Hoc Committee to Review Faculty Interdisciplinary Grants Type:University/College Service 2006 -2007

International Student Travel Grants: reviewer Type:University/College Service 2011 -2012

Graduate Student Poster Competition Judge Type:University/College Service 2006

Graduate Student Poster Competition Judge Type:University/College Service 2010

Department of Classics Faculty Search, Associated Faculty committee Type:University/College Service 2005

Historic Preservation Certificate Program Advisory Committee Type:University/College Service 2002 -To Present

Cincinnatus Competition Assessor Type:University/College Service 2004 -2005

Cincinnati Art Museum Type:Other 2015

Professional Affiliation

2013 -To Present: ICOMOS/US Member of scientific committee ICAHM (International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management).

2012 -2013: Affiliated Member of ICAHM

The Society of Architectural Historians

The Society of Fellows of the American Acedemy in Rome

The Cincinnati Preservation Association

The American Association of University Women

Brown University Alumni Association: applicant interviewer

Architectural Registration New York State License #019699 (currently dormant)

Courses Taught

MS Arch Teaching Colloquium Level:Graduate

Techniques of Historic Preservation

Thesis Year Studio Level:Graduate

Thesis Research Methods Level:Graduate

Introduction to Historic Preservation

Urban Housing Studio Level:Undergraduate

Immersion Design Studio -- a Library Level:Undergraduate

Immersion History Segment: Precedent in Design Level:Undergraduate

Comprehensive Studio -- a Spa Level:Undergraduate

Historic Preservation Capstone

Independent Studies

Seminar/Workshop: Interactives for the Cincinnati Art Museum reinstallation of the Greek, Roman and Egyptian permanent collection.

Design Studio: the Culinary Center of Cincinnati

Design Studio: Rome & Alexandria Interrota: a Coptic Christian Village in Cincinnati

Seminar: the Many International Styles in Architecture.

Design Studio: The Bertoia Museum

Introduction to Architectural History for New Master of Architecture Students from other disciplines

Design Studio: A New Museum for Troy

Adaptive Re-use: the Miami Woolen Mills

Design Studio: the Former Slaughterhouse Site on the Tiber, Rome

Seminar: the City of Rome

Lecture In Rome at the foreign academies

Lecture: Arts & Society—Monuments and Innovation

Design Studio: An Enclosing Building for Rome’s Ara Pacis

Lab/Seminar in Historic Preservation: Anastylosis

Seminar: Archaeology and Architecture

Urban-focus Design Studio: Thinking Big and Different in NYC Post-Sandy.

Faculty Development Activities

06-2006 The Cranbrook Teachers Conference “Preservation Matters” Organized by the ACSA and AIA, Type:Conference Attendance

Other Information

Curriculum Development

Chaired ad-hoc committee in 2010 & 2006, of the faculty teaching History/Theory/Criticism (HTC) throughout the School programs: in 2010 to convert the HTC curriculum to semesters; in 2006 to improve the delivery of HTC content for the various tracks of the new MArch degree.,