Wesleyan portrait of Joseph M. Siry

Joseph M. Siry

Kenan Professor of the Humanities

Professor of Art History

Boger Hall, 302

Program Director

Co-Coordinator, Urban Studies


BA Princeton University
MAA Wesleyan University
MAR University of Pennsylvania
PHD Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Joseph M. Siry

Joseph Siry is professor of modern architectural history. His books are Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store (Chicago, 1988); Unity Temple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Architecture for Liberal Religion (Cambridge, 1996); The Chicago Auditorium Building: Adler and Sullivan's Architecture and the City (Chicago, 2002), which won the 2003 Society of Architectural Historians' Alice Davis Hitchcock Award for best book by a North American scholar; and Beth Sholom Synagogue: Frank Lloyd Wright and Modern Religious Architecture (Chicago, 2012), a finalist for a 2013 National Jewish Book Award, Visual Arts category. His current book project is Air-Conditioning and Modern American Architecture, 1890–1970: From Adler and Sullivan to Louis Kahn (forthcoming from Pennsylvania State University Press).  He has also published book chapters, and articles in scholarly journals, including the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Art Bulletin, the first of which won College Art Association's 1991 Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize for the outstanding article by a younger scholar. He was given Wesleyan's Binswanger Award for Teaching Excellence in 1994 and 2019, and the 2015 Wright Spirit Award, Professional Category, from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in recognition of his scholarship on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture.  In 2018 he was an inaugural winner of the Wesleyan Prize for Faculty Excellence in Research.  His work has been funded by the N.E.H., the Getty Research Institute, the Mellon Foundation, and the Graham Foundation.

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2019: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, or by appointment, Boger Hall, Room 302


Fall 2019
ARHA 244 - 01
European Architect. 1750-1910

ENVS 352 - 01
Energy and Modern Architecture

Spring 2020
ARHA 151 - 01
European Architecture to 1750

ARHA 248 - 01
Frank Lloyd Wright: Myth&Fact