Arijit Sen is an architect and vernacular architecture historian who writes, teaches and studies urban cultural landscapes. His research includes studies of South Asian immigrant landscapes in North America. He has worked on post disaster reconstruction and community-based design in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans and directed public history and cultural landscapes field schools in Milwaukee. Sen’s academic and research background is in architectural history, social, cultural and behavioral analysis of the built environment, and American cultural landscape studies.
Currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with an honorary appointment with the Department of Art History at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Dr. Sen cofounded the multi-campus based Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures area of doctoral research on cultural landscapes. He served on the board of the Vernacular Architecture Forum, a national organization dedicated to the study, preservation and analysis of the everyday world, on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Ethnic Studies Advisory Committee and on the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Steering Committee on Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. He has served as a fellow at various humanities centers such as the Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Center for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota. He has coedited Landscapes of Mobility: Culture, Politics and Placemaking (with Jennifer Johung coeditor, Ashgate Publishers, 2013) and Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City (with Lisa Silverman coeditor, Indiana University Press, 2014).