Shelley Roff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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Dr. Shelley Roff is an architectural historian whose research and teaching focus on the architecture and urbanism of Medieval and Early Modern Spain and the transference of design practices to the New World. Her courses impart a visual and intellectual journey into the politics, economics, and technology of making the built environment. She is the 2017 recipient of the Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the 2009 recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Core Curriculum Teaching.

Dr. Roff’s research combines architectural history, archaeology, spatial analysis and the digital humanities. Her forthcoming book, entitled, Treasure of the City: The Construction of Public Works and Monuments in Late Medieval Barcelona, illustrates the transformative role the construction of public works, monuments and urban spaces played in the crystallization of municipal power in late medieval Barcelona and includes a virtual architectural reconstruction of the city in the fifteenth century. She also publishes on Medieval and Early Modern women working in the construction trades in Europe. Dr. Roff is the director of the Spanish Colonial Architecture in New Spain research team that is currently investigating the tools and methods used to build the towns, forts and missions of Spanish Texas, a project operating in collaboration with UTSA’s Center for Archaeology. Dr. Roff is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including the UTSA GREAT Grant, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and U.S. Universities, NEH, Fulbright Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

Dr. Roff received her Ph.D. in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University in 2002. Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she practiced architecture in Boston and San Francisco. She has a B.E.D. from Texas A&M University and an M.Arch. from the University of California at Berkeley.


Research Pages

Treasure of the City: The Public Works and Monuments of Late Medieval Barcelona

The Virtual Archive of Medieval Barcelona

Spanish Colonial Architecture along the Camino Real de los Tejas

Shelley Roff, Ph.D.

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