History of Art and Architecture

About the Department

The History of Art and Architecture department is strongly committed to excellence in research. We also promote inclusive teaching and curatorial practices in order to foster collaboration, diversity, and expanding our interdisciplinary presence and public outreach. These efforts grow out of our innovative Constellations program that brings faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates together in collaborative research endeavors. Results have included impactful publications, digital humanities and pedagogical projects, exhibitions, and other outcomes that equip our students with a broad array of skills and extend beyond our department to engage larger academic and community publics.

Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh

Collecting Knowledge Pittsburgh is a consortium of Pittsburgh museums, galleries and archives working together to share information and expertise, and foster collaboration in research, teaching, and public engagement. Made possible through a generous $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 2015, this initiative makes possible courses, internships, workshops, and other exchanges that allow our students to acquire vital skills in object-centered, project-based collaborative research. Read More


In 2011-12, the Department recast itself by adopting its Constellations model. This approach aims to foster, in the work that faculty and students produce, idea-driven research of broad significance. While HAA continues to emphasize expertise in specific historical areas and types of material objects—all our students leave the program as specialists in well-defined historical fields—it also wants the research its students produce to have more general interpretative and analytic value. Read more

Visual Media Workshop

The Visual Media Workshop is a humanities lab focused on the investigation of material and visual culture—whether historical or contemporary—in an environment that encourages technological experimentation. This unique pedagogical workspace facilitates collaborative undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research, and is a forum for exploring real-world challenges in a digital milieu. Read more

Frick Fine Arts Building

The beautiful Frick Fine Arts Building houses the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Studio Arts Department.  It is located at the heart of the University of Pittsburgh campus and on the edge of Schenley Park.  The Carnegie Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and the Carnegie Library are located directly across the street.  Frick also contains the University Art Gallery, the Visual Media Workshop, and the Frick Fine Arts Library.