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 modern Spain and the transference of Spanish design and construction 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 current book project, Treasure of the City: The Public Sphere and Civic Urbanism 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. This book project is funded by a Faculty Award for Hispanic Serving Institutions, a fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

She also publishes on medieval and early modern women working in the building trades in Europe and is the co-author of Construyendo la Valencia medieval: El papel de la mujer en la construcción, la artesanía y el patrocinio en los siglos XIV and XV, to be submitted in 2019 to the Instituto de la Mujer, City of Valencia, Spain. As director of the Building Spanish Colonial Texas research team, 2016 – 2018, she investigated the tools and methods used to build the towns, forts and missions of Spanish Texas, a project completed in collaboration with UTSA’s Center for Archaeology. Dr. Roff is the recipient of other grants and fellowships, including the UTSA GREAT Grant, the Program for Cultural Cooperation between Spain and U.S. Universities, the 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 Sphere and Civic Urbanism in Late Medieval Barcelona

The Virtual Archive of Medieval Barcelona

Building Medieval Valencia - page coming soon

Spanish Colonial Architecture along the Camino Real de los Tejas

Shelley Roff, Ph.D.

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