Jeffrey Tilman , Ph.D

Associate Professor

Associate Director, Associate Professor

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DAAP School of Arch & Interior Design - 0016

Professional Summary

Jeff Tilman researches and writes on the history of American architecture between the Civil War and World War II. He has recently published Arthur Brown Jr., Progressive Classicist, a monograph on the classically-oriented architect of San Francisco City Hall and part of the Federal Triangle in Washington, D.C. He also continues to research the influence of the French Ecole des Beaux-Arts on American art and design, and on issues that illustrate the difference between the American and European Modern movements. Professor Tilman's interest in historical preservation stems from a conviction that preservation is a part of architectural practice, and that no work of architecture is fully successful unless it addresses its pre-existing social, political, physical, and historic context. His preservation experiences range from a study of rural preservation issues in Central Virginia to historical advising on the restoration of San Francisco City Hall.


PhD: University of Virginia 1998 (Architectural History)

MA Architectural History/Hist. Preservation: University of Virginia 1998

BArch: California Polytechnic State University 1988

Research and Practice Interests

Historic Preservation American Urbanism History of Architecture and Environmental Design


Peer Reviewed Publications

Jeffrey T. Tilman (2012. ) “Sustainability in the Adaptive Reuse Studio: A Case Study in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Historic District" .Preservation Education & Research, , 5 ,59-74

Cynthia Field and Jeffrey Tilman (2004. ) “Creating a Model for the National Mall: The Design of the National Museum of Natural History" .JSAH, , 63 (1 ) ,52-73

Jeffrey Tilman (2003. ) “The Houses of Newmarket Plantation: Five Generations of Building in Virginia" .Arris, , 33-59

Published Books

Jeffrey T. Tilman (2006. ) Arthur Brown, Jr.: Progressive Classicist .New York , W. W. Norton

Book Chapter

Melanie Besio and Jeffrey Tilman (1997 ) "Space Administration" Facilities Management: A Manual for Plant Administration .New York, Association of Physical Plant Administrators of Universities and Colleges

Electronic Journal

Jeffrey T. TIlman (2011. ) “Historic Preservation for Architecture Students" .Preservation Architect, 2011 (Spring ) ,

Encyclopedia Article

Jeffrey T. TIlman (2004. ) Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture .New York, Taylor and Francis-Routledge

Jeffrey T. TIlman (2016. ) Archipedia .Chicago, Society of Architectural Historians


Invited Presentations

Jeffrey T. Tilman (01-1999. ) "The People's Center: The Design and Construction of San Francisco City Hall." Inaugural Address Celebrating the Reopening of San Francisco City Hall .San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco. Level:National

Jeffrey T. Tilman (05-2014. ) Classicism in Progressive-Era San Francisco .Disney Family Museum, San Francisco. Level:Regional

Jeffrey T. Tilman (02-2014. ) Palladianism in the Anglosphere .Cincinnati Public Library, Cincinnati. Level:Local

Paper Presentations

Jeffrey T. Tilman (10-2011. ) “The Theory of the Grand Ensemble.” Open Spaces—The Annual Conference of the Latrobe Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians, Washington, DC, 2011. Washington, DC. Conference. Level:State

Jeffrey T. Tilman (04-2009. ) “Green Urban Rehabilitation Programs: The Case of Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine” .Tornino, Italy. Conference. Level:International

Jeffrey T. Tilman (10-2008. ) “Greening Over-the-Rhine: An Interdisciplinary Investigation into Sustainable Historic Rehabilitation.” .Montreal, Quebec. Professional Meeting. Level:International

Jeffrey T. Tilman (04-2005. ) “Kilts on the Barbary Coast: Scottish Architects in San Francisco 1860-1890.” .Vancouver, BC. Professional Meeting. Level:International

Jeffrey T. Tilman (04-2003. ) “Design-Build on the Fast-Track: Bakewell & Brown’s San Francisco City Hall” .Denver, Colorado. Professional Meeting. Level:National

Jeffrey T. Tilman (04-2007. ) "Architectural Professionalism in the Third Republic: The École des Beaux-Arts 1870-1914." .Baltimore, Maryland. Professional Meeting. Level:National

Event Organized

Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians

Sixty-First Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians Prof. Meeting 04-25-2008 04-29-2008 Cincinnati Level:National