Assistant Professor of Ancient Material and Visual Culture
Allyson McDavid is Assistant Professor of Ancient Material and Visual Culture at Parsons. She received her PhD in architectural history and archaeology from New York University, and holds a MArch and a BA in architecture from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
Integrating theory with practice, her research interests include architectural history and theory from antiquity to the present, with specialization in the archaeology of Classical Greek, Roman, Late Antique, and Byzantine monumental art. With over a decade of experience in architectural practice in the United States and archaeological fieldwork on ancient sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia and Ukraine, Allyson focuses on renovation, conservation and sustainability of the built environment, and the role of politics, the economy, and cultural ideologies in artistic patronage.
Allyson has taught undergraduate courses in art, architecture and urbanism in New York University’s Department of Art History. Publications include articles in Classical New York: Discovering Greece and Rome in Gotham (New York, 2018), Masons at Work: Architecture and Construction in the Pre-Modern World (Philadelphia, 2012), EGERIA: Mediterranean Medieval Places of Pilgrimage (Athens, 2009), the Journal of Roman Archaeology (2015) and the European Architectural Histories Network (2019).
Archaeology of New York City
Histories of Architecture
Intro to Arch Theory: Lec
Objects as History
Theory of the Interior