Janet R. White


Dr. Janet R. White is an assistant professor of architectural history at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her AB degree from Bryn Mawr College in 1976 and her Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University in 1980. She worked in the architectural field for a decade before returning to school and earning her Ph.D in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University in 2001. Her research and publications focus on utopian and visionary architecture.



The physical environment embodies the intersection between culture and built form. Shifts in culture are reflected in the built form a society produces. This presentation explores nine great cultural shifts of Western civilization and discusses the architectural forms associated with each through examination of an iconic building of the period. The presentation is illustrated by multiple images of each iconic building. Its goal is to increase awareness of architecture in general and to underline the role of architecture in both defining and reflecting the values of a society.

Photo Credit: Bobbie Ann Howell

Appropriate Audience:  Adults, high-school students

Duration: 1 hour

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening digital presentation (computer supplied by Presenter)

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: History, Architecture, Environment