Rumiko Handa, M.Arch., M.S. Arch., Ph.D.

Brief Vitae

B.Arch. University of Tokyo

M.Arch., M.S.Arch., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Registered Architect in Japan.


Areas of Interest

Architectural theory, history and design;

Phenomenology and hermeneutics of architecture;

Architecture in Film, Literature, Theater, and Art


Grants and Awards (selected)

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, 2006, 1999.

University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies East Asia Library Grant, 2011.

Huntington Library Gilbert and Ursula Farfel Fellowship, 2002.

Newberry Library Consortium Grant, 2003, 2001.

Association of Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council Travel Grant, 1993.

American Institute of Architecture Students, 2001-2 National Education Honor Award.


UNL Faculty Development Leave, 2011.

UNL College of Architecture Friends Association. Faculty Award, 2011.

UNL Research Council Grants, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2001, 1998. 1997.

UNL Initiatives for Teaching and Learning Enhancement Grant, 2008.

UNL Larry Hawthorn Award, 2008.

UNL Arts and Humanities Research Enhancement Fund, 2005.

UNL Enhancing Teaching and Learning Seed Grant, 2004.

UNL Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, 2007, 1999.

UNL Layman Award, 1998.

UNL Teaching Council Grant, 1997.


Publications (selected):


Conjuring the Real: The Role of Architecture in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Ed. by Rumiko Handa and James Potter. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.,674777.aspx
Book reviewed in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 71, no. 3(September 2012), 420-421.


Book Chapters:
“Introduction,” Conjuring the Real: The Role of Architecture in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Fiction.

“Elements of Architecture.” Architectura. Lane Cove, Australia: Global Publishing, forthcoming 2008.

“Appropriation of Architectural Ruins in Britain during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.” The Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series (2008): 2-19.

“Inigo Jones and Stonehenge: The Most Notable Antiquity of Great Britain Restored.” Ordo et Mensura IX. Ed. by Florian Huber. Munich: Bayerischen Landesvermessungsamtes Bavarian State surveying and Mapping Agency, 2011.                        

"Coelum Britannicum: Inigo Jones and Symbolic Geometry," Nexus IV: Mathematics and Architecture. Florence: Kim Williams Books, 2002: 109-126.                                                                                  

“Body World and Time: Meaningfulness in Portability,” Transportable Environments: Theory, Context, Design and Technology, ed. Robert H. Kronenburg. London: E & FN Spon, 1998: 8-17.        

“Representation in Architecture.” In Architecture Reading Lists and Course Outlines, ed. by Georgia Bizios. Durham, NC: Eno River Press, 1994: 163-167.        

“Representation in Architecture.” Architecture Reading Lists and Course Outlines. Ed. by Georgia Bizios. Durham, NC: Eno River Press, 1994:163-167. 

“Semiotics and Architectural Design Competition,” Semiotics 1984. Ed. by John Deely. Lanham, MD and London: University Press of America, 1985: 203-15.               


Encyclopedia Entries:

“Tadao Ando,” “Kosaku Bunka Renmei (Japanese Werkbund),” “Olympic Games Sports Arenas, Tokyo (1964),” and “St. Louis Arch, Missouri,” in Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture, ed. R. Stephen Sennott. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, January 2004.


Journal Articles:

“Sir Walter Scott and Kenilworth Castle: Ruins Restored by Historical Imagination.” Preservation Education and Research, the Journal of the National Council for Preservation Education, peer reviewed and accepted. Forthcoming in December 2012 (vol. 5).

“How Architectural Ruins Entice the Observers’ Engagement:  The Hermeneutical Function of Distanciation.” 2A Architecture + Art, no. 17 (Spring 2011): 60-65.  

“Using Popular Film in the Architectural History Classroom.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (September 2010): 311-319. and

“Treatises Cited in The Most Notable Antiquity.“ Bibliographical Society of America BibSite (2006) and

“Authorship of the Most Notable Antiquity (1655): Inigo Jones and Early Printed Books,” Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 100, no. 3 (September 2006): 357-378.

 “Against Arbitrariness: Architectural Signification in the Age of Globalization” Design Studies 20, n. 4 (July 1999): 363-380. 

Conference Proceedings: About forty articles included in conference proceedings.


Professional Works and Architectural Drawings in Books and Journals: Five professional works published in a book and 5 journals. Architectural drawings published in a book.



Architecture in the Humanities (open source on campus; user registration required for external users). Interdisciplinary relational database that demonstrates how pieces of architecture are incorporated in works of literature, film, theater, and art.

Writing in the Design Disciplines. Principal investigator. Co-investigators: Ted Ertl, Chris Ford, Mark Hinchman, and Camilla Rice.


Conference Organizer:

ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) Annual Meeting Session Chair, 2011, 2008.
IASTE (International Association for Studies of Traditional Environments) Biannual Conference, Panel Chair, 2008.
Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum Session Chair, 2011.

UNL Lecture Series “Architecture in 18th- and 19th-Centuri Historical Fiction,” Fall 2007.


Rumiko Handa