Associate Professor, Architectural History

Education: Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, PhD in Art History; Centre for Medieval Studies, York University, Master of Arts in Medieval Studies; Vassar College, Bachelor of Arts in Economics

Lisa Reilly's chief research interest is in medieval visual culture. She is currently completing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. Ms. Reilly is writing a Corpus Vitrearum volume on the stained glass of the late medieval parish church, St. Michael le Belfrey, together with Mary Shepard. Recently she and Kevin Murphy co-edited a collection of essays, Skyscraper Gothic, which was published by UVA press.  They will co-curate a related exhibit at the Fralin Museum in 2020. She has previously published books on Peterborough Cathedral and Vassar College.  Ms. Reilly is a leading early user of digital humanities technology. She was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia (2006-08). Her ongoing research project investigates the medieval design process using digital analysis.

Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History (1999-2002) and frequently offers workshops on teaching. She was awarded a hybrid challenge grant by the Office of the President to redesign the architectural history survey using digital tools. Students in her course On Hajj with Ibn Jubayr: Reconstructing the 12th Century Mediterranean, created digital exhibitions using Neatline. Their work can be seen here. In spring 2017 she taught an innovative new course, Strategies of Interpretation: Highland in which an interdisciplinary group of students developed interpretation proposals for James Monroe’s house, Highland. Together with Elgin Cleckley, she will offer a second phase of the course in spring 2019 with the support of a fellowship from the Jefferson Trust. Many of her graduate students also implement digital tools in their research. One, Ed Triplett, was  highlighted in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Lisa Reilly is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London and has worked extensively in the United Kingdom. In 2015 she was the Fulbright Fellow of the History of Art at York University where she conducted research on the late medieval stained glass program of the parish church of St. Michael le Belfrey. Recently she has presented papers on that project at the annual conference of the British Archaeological Association (summer 2017), which she has been invited to publish, with her co-author Mary Shepard, in the conference transactions.  She will also present on this topic at the forthcoming International Medieval Conference at Western Michigan University. Ms. Reilly served as the editor of Gesta, (2009-12), the leading journal internationally on medieval art. She is currently a member of the editorial board for the Oxford Bibliography of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as well as on the advisory board for the Norman Sicily Project.


The Invention of Norman Visual Culture (under editorial consideration- peer reviewed).

The Stained Glass of the Parish Church of St. Michael-le-Belfrey (in progress,  Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain volume, co-authored with Mary Shepard). (peer reviewed)

Skyscraper University of Virginia Press (2017 collection of essays co-edited with Kevin Murphy). (peer reviewed)

Vassar College, The Campus Guide Series, Princeton Architectural Press (2004, co-author with Karen Van Lengen).

An Architectural History of Peterborough Cathedral  Clarendon Studies in the History of Art. Denis Farr, no. 17.  Oxford:  Clarendon Press, 1997. (Reviewed in JSAH 60:1 [March 2001] 87-93.) (peer reviewed)

Articles & Encyclopedia Entries:

“Ecclesiastical Architecture” & “Monastic Architecture” in Routledge Medieval Encyclopedia Online (in press-peer reviewed).

 “The Trinity Chapel at Peterborough Cathedral.” Forthcoming, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions for Peterborough 2015. (peer reviewed)

Sufferance fait ease en temps”: Word as Image at St. Michael-le-Belfrey, York with Mary Shepard, Word & Image (2016) vol 322, 218-34. (peer reviewed)

Change over Time: Neatline and the Study of Architectural History” in Artl@s Bulletin 4 no. 1, 2nd article (peer reviewed).

“The Gothic” with Kevin Murphy in Medievalism: Key Critical Terms  ed.  Elizabeth Emery & Richard Utz, Woodbridge:  Boydell & Brewer, 2014 pp. 87-96 (peer reviewed).

“The Medieval Design Process at Southwell Minster” with Chad Keller and Edward Triplett in New Approaches to Medieval Architecture, ed.  Robert Bork and Abby McGhee,  Farnham: Ashgate, 2011 pp. 197-207, (peer reviewed).

 “Medieval Art History” in What Should I Read Next?  ed.  Jessica Feldman & Robert Stilling, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2008, pp. 207-10.

“Beating their Swords into Set Squares.” in Perspectives for an Architecture of Solitude, Essays on Cistercians, Art & Architecture in Honor of Peter Fergusson. ed. Terryl Kinder, Turnhout: Brepols, 2004, pp. 369-75.

“Engaging Students from Beginning to End” Teaching Concerns Fall 2004 

 “Durham Cathedral:  The Emergence of Anglo-Norman Architecture.” Anglo-Norman Studies 19, July 1997, pp.  335-51.       

Digital Publications:

English Medieval Architecture:  A Model for Design Process Analysis (author, ongoing). Focused on Southwell Minster, this publication features the digital models in progress for an ongoing investigation of the medieval design process. Typical of English medieval churches, Southwell incorporates fabric from a wide range of periods. The emphasis of the analysis is on establishing to what degree the physical structure of the extant fabric has a determining effect on the form of the later medieval additions through the development of multi-dimensional dynamic models for a series of case studies.

The Travels of Ibn Jubayr: An Interactive Exhibit, curator, Spring 2013

 This site features exhibitions developed by the students in my course “On Hajj with Ibn Jubayr: Reconstructing the 12th Century Mediterranean” using the newly developed Neatline tool. The course developed exhibits that animated the diary of the twelfth century pilgrim, Ibn Jubayr.  We explored how Damascus and Aleppo have changed over time as well as Aleppo’s ongoing destruction.  Another exhibits looks at how the hajj functions spatially as well as how Mecca is changing over time.  See in particular “The Evolution of Hajj” and “Ibn Jubayr’s Journey through Damascus”. All Student Work.

Fellowships + Awards:

NEH Summer Institute Grant “Thomas Jefferson: The Public and Private Worlds of Monticello and the University of Virginia.” July 2016

NEH Landmarks Grant “Hopeful Proofs of Genius? Thomas Jefferson at Monticello and the University of Virginia.” July 2016

University Office of Engagement “Above & Beyond Award” 2015

Fulbright Fellow in the History of Art at University of York Spring 2015

Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship 2014

All University Teaching Award 2009

Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London 2008-present

Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities Fellow 2006-08

Hagley Foundation Grant 1997

University Teaching Fellowship 1995-6

 homas Jefferson Fellow,Downing College, Cambridge University, Spring, 1994

Professional Development:

Hybrid Challenge Grant, Office of the President, University of Virginia,  2013-14

Academy of Teaching Fellowship, Technology Infused Teaching Project, University of Virginia, 2012-13