Visiting Assistant Profesor of Art History
B.A., Penn State University (1995)
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (2003)
Areas of Specializaion
The History of Architecture
Ancient Roman Art, architecture, and urbanism
ARTH012 The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright
ARTH017 Islamic Architecture
ARTH064 Designing Museums/Ancient Art
ARTH072 Architecture: Prehistory - 1250
ARTH073 Architecture: 1250 - Present
Architecture, especially its history, is Tom Morton's passion. Trained as an art and architectural historian as well as a field archaeologist, Professor Morton's scholarly work focuses on ancient Roman architecture and urbanism in North Africa, and he has conducted fieldwork in North Africa and Italy. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript, tentatively entitled, Individuality within Regularity: Architecture and Urbanism in Roman Africa.
Dr. Morton's courses span the entirety of the history of architecture - from prehistory to the present day from a global perspective. Students and professional organizations alike have recognized Professor Morton's teaching. He was one of three national winners of the New Faculty Teaching Award that the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the American Institute of Architecture Students co-sponsor. In addition, the American Institute of Architects selected him as the 2011 Arizona Educator of the Year.
Dr. Morton was the president of the Central Arizona Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for five years, and while there he developed Apples + Archaeology - an award-winning outreach project for K-12 schools in the Phoenix area. He is currently in his second term as Vice President for Societies of the AIA. Principally, he oversees about 120 local societies in North America and abroad for the AIA - an organization with about 215,000 members.