Stephanie Pilat is a designer and architectural historian whose teaching and research examines points of intersection between politics and architecture. She is the author of Reconstructing Italy: The Ina-Casa Neighborhoods of the Postwar Era, which tells the story of an Italian postwar housing program that activated the design and construction process for social aims. The book was awarded the 2015 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize for the best work on Italian history by the Society for Italian Historical Studies.
Pilat recently co-organized a symposium dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, which brought together a wide range scholars with community members, and survivors. Pilat and Professor Janet Ward co-edited a theme issue of Social Science Quarterly in which papers from the symposium are published.
Pilat’s current research project examines the hundreds of summer camps and sporting complexes built by the fascist regime in Italy. Pilat’s research has been supported by is the a Fulbright fellowship, a Rome prize from the American Academy in Rome, an American Association of University Women fellowship and a Wolfsonian-FIU fellowship.
At OU, Pilat teaches design studios as well as history courses, including Modern and Contemporary Architecture. She is also the founder of the OU Rome program, which allows 10-20 OU architecture students to spend a semester in Rome each year. In 2015, Pilat was named as one of the “30 most admired educators” in the nation by DesignIntelligence magazine. Pilat is an Assistant Professor and Interim Director of the Division of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma.