Phil Jacks, Ph.D., M. Arch., taught at Yale University (1988–1995) and University of Michigan (1996) before joining the Department of Fine Arts & Art History in 1997. He is the author of The Antiquarian and the Myth of Antiquity (1993), and editor of Vasari’s Florence: Artists & Literati at the Medici Court (1998) and Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects (2006). His monograph with William Caferro, The Spinelli of Florence: Fortunes of a Renaissance Merchant Family (2001) has been revised for the Italian translation (2013). He has also written on adaptive reuse of architectural monuments, including the ruins of ancient Rome and post-industrial American cities. His forthcoming monograph, ‘To Make it a Grand Entrepôt’: Baltimore’s Locust Point explores the urban evolution of the grain elevators, ports of immigration, and the building of the B & O rail terminus. Jacks has been the recipient of many international fellowships: Fulbright-Hays, Samuel H. Kress Foundation (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome), Gladys Kreeble Delmas Foundation, National Endowment of the Humanities and, most recently, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. Jacks earned a Master of Architecture at the University of Maryland (2007-2011); he designed and supervised construction of the new seminar room and office suite in the Smith Hall of Art.
Jacks is now embarking on a broader survey of the adaptive reuse of classical monuments ranging from the ancient Greece and Rome to the Mediterranean, exploring the intersection of building traditions and religious practices of the pagan world, Christianity and Islam. A proposal for this primer, intended for architectural students in the design studio and architectural historians, will soon be submitted to Bloomsbury Press in London.