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Arijit Sen

Arijit Sen, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Arijit Sen is an architect and vernacular architecture historian who writes, teaches, and studies urban cultural landscapes, immigrant histories, urban history, and community-engaged design. In 2008, he cofounded Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, an interdisciplinary doctoral program area shared by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW Milwaukee. He has served on the boards of Vernacular Architecture Forum and the Society of Architectural Historians. Since 2012, Sen has continuously directed the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures Field School, a multi-disciplinary project where students, faculty, scholars, and community members explore ways to see and interpret their city by engaging in storytelling, ecological conservation, heritage preservation, and civic engagement. In 2021 Sen began serving as a co-director for the Wisconsin Humanities Community Powered initiative, a public humanities project that builds resilience among Wisconsin communities by helping them recognize, communicate, and act upon their strengths, their challenges, and their histories to envision a vibrant future. His writings include articles and book chapters on South Asian immigrant cultural landscapes, urbanism, and architectural fieldwork. He has coedited Landscapes of Mobility: Culture, Politics and Placemaking (Ashgate Publishers, UK, 2013, Jennifer Johung coeditor) and Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City (Indiana University Press, 2014, Lisa Silverman coeditor).