Elizabeth Deans Romariz

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Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Decorative Arts & Design History
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Elizabeth Deans Romariz looks at the intersections of architecture and design with object and material culture. She is particularly interested in how images and ideas move by virtue of prints and books, and how images are reinterpreted and reconstructed in different media. Her courses look at cultural exchange, diachronicness, gender, mobility, and the culture of copying as essential phenomena of the early modern period. Her courses explore diachronic theories of design history and apply interdisciplinary methodologies linking materials, objects, spaces, makers, and designers. Elizabeth’s research has been generously supported by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

Outside of the classroom, Elizabeth enjoys drawing and painting as well as collecting pottery. During the summer, she can be found exploring shipwrecks and underwater ruins as a master scuba diver trained in underwater archaeology.


Current Research

Elizabeth Deans Romariz’s current research projects examine realms of materiality and objectivity of British architects from the late seventeenth through eighteenth centuries through an interdisciplinary lens. She is interested in tracing the development of the architectural profession in early modern England in particular, investigating the culture of copying, recording, and collecting demonstrated by book and object culture and the idea of designers as readers and autodidactic learners. Elizabeth Deans Romariz reconsiders the context of manuscripts as a medium to inculcate learning through memory and professional legitimization prior to the establishment of formal design academies in the eighteenth century.  


Publications & Presentations

Elizabeth Deans Romariz has shared her published and presented nationally and internationally at conferences and universities. She recently presented her published work on "Tools of Taste & Erudition: Portable Object Culture & Mimetic Praxis of British Architects, 1700-1780" in the Netherlands at the European Architectural History Network. She also presented her research on the cultivation of design culture through drawing practices and album-making amongst middling sorts in Britain at the annual American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies national conference. In September, she will present her research on "Architect’s Handmade Pocketbooks and the Materiality of Memory" at Cambridge University as a panelist exploring "Paper-stuff: Materiality, Technology, and Invention."

Her recent publications and presentations include:

  • “From Mobile to Memory: British Architects and Their Tools, ca. 1700-1780.” Material Culture Review/ Revue de la Culture Matérielle (Summer 2018).
  • Review: East India Company at Home, 1757-1857, eds. Margot Finn and Kate Smith. London: University College of London, 2018. Art History (Summer 2018).
  • “Tools for Touring: Portable Object Culture & Mimetic Praxis of Architects in Britain, 1700-1760.” Journal of European Architectural History Network (Spring 2018).
  • “Dabbling in Design: Architectural Albums as Autodidactic Tools for Amateurs,” at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, 24 March 2018.
  • “Archibald Dickson’s Drawings of Houses and Gardens: Mapping Influences and the Culture of Design” at the Afterlives Conference, York, England, 16 March 2018. 
  • “Tools for Touring: Portable Object Culture & Mimetic Praxis of Architects in Britain, 1700-1760,” European Architectural History Network in 'Tools of the Architect,' November 2017.
  • “18th-century European Architecture and Enlightenment Culture,” at the World Affairs Council, May 2017.
  • Review of Display of Art in the Roman Palace 1550-1750, ed. Gail Feigenbaum. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2014. West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture 23, no. 1 (Spring-Summer 2016): 137-139.
  • “Marvelous Volumes: Artistry of the 18th-century Architect’s Portfolio,” at the Rienzi Symposium, A Sense of Proportion: Architect-Designed Objects, 1650–1950 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas, September 2016.
  • “Popularizing Design: Travel Books and the Promotion of Design Drawing in 18th-Century Europe,” at the conference: Architectural Stimuli for Human Existence at Conference for Doğu Akdeniz Akademik Araştırmalar Merkezi, Istanbul, Turkey, June 2015.



  • Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain Scholar, 2018
  • Peter Rollins Early Faculty Grant, Popular Culture Association, 2015
  • Edward Vason Jones Scholar Grant, Institute of Classical Architecture, 2011
  • Hannah McCarthy Smith Memorial Rome Grant, Institute of Classical Architecture, 2011
  • Smithsonian Curatorial Fellowship, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2010



BA Design Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
MA History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons | Cooper-Hewitt, The New School for Design, New York, NY
PhD History of Art, Candidate, University of York, UK


Professional Organizations

  • Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
  • Early Modern Architecture
  • American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • European Architectural History Network