Arijit Sen teaches architectural design, urbanism and cultural landscapes at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Sen’s academic and research background is in architectural history, social, cultural and behavioral analysis of the built environment, and American cultural landscape studies.
He cofounded Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, an interdisciplinary doctoral program area shared by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Milwaukee. His writings include articles and book chapters on South Asian immigrant cultural landscapes in Northern California, retail spaces of ethnic immigrants in New York and San Francisco, Muslim cultural landscapes in Chicago, and early 20th Century immigration in the United States. He has worked on post disaster reconstruction and community-based design in the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans and directed public history and cultural landscapes field schools in Milwaukee.
He co-edited Landscapes of Mobility: Culture, Politics and Placemaking (Ashgate Pub, 2013) and Making Place: Space and Embodiment in the City (Indiana University Press, 2014). These books document a certain theoretical and methodological vision that underpins the scholarship of Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures.
Sen received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and served as a fellow at the Center for 21st Century Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and the Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Minnesota. He serves as a board member at the Vernacular Architecture Forum.