"Professor Gill has entirely nailed his technique with teaching. This was one of my favorite courses."
--Student comment, Course-Intructor Survey Spring 2020:
         "World Architecture: The Origins to 1750"

Dr. Gill holds degrees in Architectural History, History, Architecture, and Business – an education he applied to an earlier career in architecture and residential and commercial real estate. 
Dr. Gill’s research is focused on American domestic architecture of the first half of the 20th century.  He is interested in the meanings, both explicit and implicit, of the various architectural elements that constitute a finished structure.  Specifically, his dissertation—Hidden Truths in Flights of Fancy: Sex, Power, and the Cinematic Staircase, 1932-1955—investigated the intersection of form, culture, psychology, and dynamic visual depiction as a way of suggesting an additional method for the exploration of architectural history.
Dr. Gill teaches the first half of a comprehensive course in the Survey of World Architecture, "World Architecture: The Origins to 1750." He previously served as a Teaching Assistant for both parts of this survey course, as well as a Guest Lecturer for "Modern Architecture and Design" through the School of Undergraduate Studies.

Dr. Gill is the co-author of two books on Kentucky architecture, with a third in the making.  The first, Kentucky Houses of Stratton Hammon, traces the work of this mid-20th century Louisville architect and was the recipient of the Independent Publishers Book Award (Bronze Medal, Architecture Category).  The second, Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939, brought to light the previously unrecognized Louisville work of local and national architects, including such notable figures as Charles Platt, Lewis Colt Albro, and Ogden Codman, Jr.  He has given numerous lectures on both books.  His third co-authored book, expected to be published in the Fall of 2021, looks at the work of mid-nineteenth-century Kentucky architect Gideon Shryock, notable for bringing the power of the American Greek Revival west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Dr. Gill is an Associate Member of the AIA; a current member and past director of the Society of Architectural Historians, where he previously served as the SAH Graduate Student Representative; and a member of the Texas chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.   Dr. Gill is also a member of the European Architectural History Network and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.


  • PhD, Architectural History, The University of Texas at Austin
  • MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • MArch, Rice University
  • BA, History, Stanford University


Co-author, Gideon Shryock: His Life and Architecture, 1802-1880 (Fall 2021)
Co-author, Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939 (Butler Books, 2011)
Co-author, Kentucky Houses of Stratton Hammon (Butler Books, 2008)


  • "Northern Grace and Southern Manors: New York Architects and the Country House in Louisville, 1908-1922." Lecture presented at the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, New York, NY, 2013.
  • "Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939."  Lecture presented at the English Speaking Union, Chicago, IL, 2012.
  • "Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939."  Lecture presented at the Filson Historical Society, Louisville, KY, 2011.
  • "Stratton Hammon and the Colonial Revival."  Panel discussion, the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY, 2007.
  • "The Architecture of Stratton Hammon."  The Jason McCool Fenwick Lecture for the Louisville Historical League, Louisville, KY, 2007.
  • "The Kentucky Houses of Stratton Hammon."  Lecture for the Filson Historical Society, the Blue Grass Trust, and the Warwick Foundation, Lexington, KY, 2007.
photo of R. Scott Gill, PhD