Cynthia Field

School of Architecture

Dr. Cynthia R. Field has pursued a distinguished career in architectural history practice and teaching.  She devoted her efforts to fostering a heightened appreciation and understanding of architectural history and preservation at the Smithsonian Institution where she was Chair and creator of its Architectural History and Historic Preservation Office and Associate Director in their Office of Physical Planning. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University writing her thesis on “Daniel Hudson Burnham’s City Planning: An Examination of the Development of City Beautiful Planning”.  She pursued Graduate Studies at Harvard University, holds her Masters from Columbia and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.  Her publications include co-editor The National Mall: Rethinking Washington’s Monumental Core (2008), Co-editor Paris on the Potomac (2007) and Co-Author The Castle: An Illustrated History of the Smithsonian Building (1993)

During her career in Public History and Historic Preservation, Dr. Field maintained her active interest in teaching.  She currently is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, School of Architecture.  She also taught as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies; Master of professional Studies in Real Estate, lecturer at Catholic University’s School of Architecture and faculty at Parson’s School of Design as part of the Smithsonian Master’s of the history of Decorative Arts.

 Dr. Field is known for her tireless work as one of the founding members of the National Building Museum and has served on its board since its inception.  She has been an active proponent for the Museum’s mission as a place of public and scholarly learning of the building arts and has over the years supported the Field Scholar’s Fellowship Program at the Museum.