Sylvia Faichney

Sylvia Faichney
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Twentieth and Nineteenth-Century Architecture in the United States; Design and Material Culture; Decorative Arts; Indigenous Architecture of the Americas; Exhibition Histories
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
Committee Members: Richard Wittman, Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió (UC San Diego, Urban Studies and Planning)
Dissertation: "Domesticated Landscape of War: Army Housing in the United States 1890-1996"
M.A. Thesis: "Dreamscapes of Domestic Fantasy: Advertising 1970s Interiors" (University of Brighton, 2016)


Sylvia Faichney is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History of Art & Architecture at The University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in architecture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the United States. Her dissertation analyzes military housing in the United States, particularly how the Army negotiated and imagined the land, the military family, and the past. Additional research interests include Indigenous architecture in the Americas, architectural exhibitions, history of interior architecture and design, and material culture.

Sylvia is a current recipient of the Margaret Mallory Fellowship.  She has most recently published in react/review: a responsive journal for art & architecture, and previously in Interiors: Design/ Architecture/Culture, Construction Literary Magazine, and Blind Field Journal. Sylvia has worked at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture with the support of UC Santa Barbara's Graduate Student Internship Fellowship. In addition, she received the Murray Roman Curatorial Fellowship to work at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum (2022-2023; Renewed 2024.) Most recently, she co-curated the exhibition Please, Come In… at the Art, Design, and Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara. Sylvia is a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee for the Society of Architectural Historians.

Prior to coming to UCSB, Sylvia completed her M.A. in Design History and Material Culture in 2016 at the University of Brighton, earning a Distinction.