Participant Info

First Name
Willa
Last Name
Granger
Affiliation
The University of Texas at Austin
Website URL
https://willagranger.academia.edu
Keywords
architectural history, vernacular, modernism, urbanism, social history, housing, aging, American Studies, cultural landscape
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About Me

Willa Granger is a doctoral candidate in Architectural History at the University of Texas at Austin. With an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies and a methodological interest in cultural landscape and vernacular fieldwork, her research works to situate people, buildings, and place under the critical imperatives of spatial justice and feminist geography. This has included studies of planned housing and urban history, including her Master’s thesis on Texas’s first public housing development, Cedar Springs Place, and her undergraduate thesis on Louis Kahn’s defense housing project, Pennypack Woods. Other research work includes “Korean Americans in Killeen, Texas: Building an Immigrant Main Street in the Shadow of Fort Hood,” which she presented at the 2018 Urban History Association Conference, essays in the exhibition catalogue for Making Home: The Arts and Crafts Movement and the Reform of Everyday Life (Yale University Press), and an article, “‘Order, Convenience, and Beauty:’ The Style, Space, and Multiple Narratives of San Felipe Courts” (Buildings & Landscapes, Spring 2019). She is currently completing here dissertation, an architectural history of the American “home for the aged,” which she has presented excerpts of at the Joint Atlantic Society for the Historians of Medicine, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, and at the upcoming conferences on behalf of the Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians, the Universities Art Association of Canada, and the Society of Architectural Historians conferences. This work has been supported by the Southeastern Society of Architectural Historians, the Vernacular Architecture Forum, the American Association of University Women (Austin chapter), the San Antonio Conservation Society, and the University of Texas at Austin Graduate School and School of Architecture.

Recent Publications

https://www.platformspace.net/home/the-eyes-of-texas-are-upon-you

https://urbanomnibus.net/2020/06/homebound/

https://www.platformspace.net/home/viewing-watching-observing-aging-and-the-architecture-of-intermediate-space

“‘Order, Convenience, and Beauty:’ The Style, Space, and Multiple Narratives of San Felipe Courts” (Buildings & Landscapes 2019).

Contributing essays to Making Home: The Arts and Crafts 
Movement and the Reform of Everyday Life (Yale University Press 2019)

Book Review: The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener (Louisiana Historical Association, Winter 2017).

Various entries to the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia database

“Haunting House: A Ghost Story’s Rumination on Home,” Interiors ThinkPiece (August 2017)    

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Family, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Public History, Technology, Urban History