School of Architecture College of Design

Leon Satkowski, Ph.D., Professor

Leon Satkowski, Ph.D.

Professor, Emeritus


Leon Satkowski


A specialist in the history of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, Leon Satkowski held a B.Arch. from Cornell University and from Harvard University a M.A. and Ph.D. in art history. Beginning with the research for his doctoral dissertation, he lived in Italy for four years and returned frequently to teach and to conduct his own research. He was a Fellow of Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, and was awarded the Roy Jones Award for Outstanding Research by CALA. He was the author of Giorgio Vasari: Architect and Courtier (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993) and, with Colin Rowe, Italian Architecture of the 16th Century (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2002), which has been translated into Japanese and Spanish. He was also the author of several articles on Italian palaces and the architecture and urbanism of the Italian Jews.  Professor Satkowski was a member of a team of four scholars who produced a new guidebook and history to the architecture and landscapes of Minnesota.

Satkowski taught courses in architectural history and urbanism at the introductory and advanced levels and served as thesis critic. He was also an Adjunct Professor of Art History in the College of Liberal Arts.



Prior to his retirement, Professor Satkowski was interviewed and asked to reflect on his career with the School of Architecture.  You can read the interview here


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