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Michelangelo Sabatino

Michelangelo Sabatino is an architectural historian, curator, and preservationist whose research and writing focuses primarily on modern architecture and the built environment. He is Professor of Architectural History and Cultural Heritage at IIT’s College of Architecture where he directs the PhD program and is the inaugural John Vinci Distinguished Research Fellow. Since arriving in Chicago in 2014, Sabatino co-authored Modern in the Middle: Chicago Houses 19291975 (with Susan Benjamin, 2020), which recently won the “Modernism in America Award” from Docomomo US. He is currently editing a book that will offer fresh perspectives on the history of IIT’s campus and the Bronzeville neighborhood. The book will also serve as the basis of a new exhibition that will be located on the IIT campus.
Sabatino’s first book, Pride in Modesty: Modernist Architecture and the Vernacular Tradition in Italy (2011), won multiple awards, including the Chicago-based Society of Architectural Historians’ Alice Davis Hitchcock Award. More recent books include Canada: Modern Architectures in History (with Rhodri Windsor Liscombe, 2016), Avant-Garde in the Cornfields: Architecture, Landscape, and Preservation in New Harmony (with Ben Nicholson, 2019), Making Houston Modern: The Life and Architecture of Howard Barnstone (with Barrie Scardino Bradley and Stephen Fox, 2020), and Carlo Mollino: Architect and Storyteller (with Napoleone Ferrari, 2021).
Sabatino and his partner recently restored their late 1930s modern home in the landmark Chicago suburb of Riverside.