Zachary Stewart

Associate Professor; James M. Singleton IV ’66, FAIA, Endowed Professor

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  • Department of Architecture
  • Center for Heritage Conservation

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Zachary Stewart is an architectural historian with dual training in the fields of architecture and art history. He specializes in the material culture of medieval Europe. His research focuses on the buildings, cities, and landscapes of medieval Britain.

Stewart’s current book project, Collaborative Gothic: Building the Parish Church in Late Medieval England, investigates the parish church as a vehicle for innovative material production during the two centuries between the Black Death and the Reformation. His research on this and numerous other aspects of medieval building culture has appeared in The Journal of Architectural Education, Speculum, Different Visions, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and The Antiquaries Journal as well as in numerous edited collections.

Stewart is a co-director, with Amy E. Gillette (The Barnes Foundation), of an interdisciplinary research project on the baptismal font canopy at the church of St. Peter Mancroft in Norwich – one of the most extraordinary liturgical furnishings to have been created for a parochial context in late medieval Britain. The initiative, which includes contributions from a dozen international scholars, has received grants from the Henry Moore Foundation, the International Center of Medieval Art, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is being developed in partnership with the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M. Its findings are to be published in an edited multi-author volume with Brill.

Stewart has received fellowships, grants, and honors from the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, the American Philosophical Society, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, and the Arts and Humanities Fellows Program at Texas A&M. He was a Senior Fellow in the History of Art and Visual Culture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2021–2022. His article, “One and Many: Parish Church Planning in Late Medieval England” (Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 79, no. 3 [2020], 264–85), received the Founders’ Award from the Society of Architectural Historians in 2022.



Art History and Archaeology
Columbia University


History of Art
Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London


Architecture and Medieval Studies
University of Notre Dame

Scholarly Interests

Art and architectural history; spatial theory; architectural documentation; architectural representation; historiography; medieval studies; digital humanities

Staff Publications

  • 2023 Amy E. Gillette and Zachary Stewart, eds., The Baptismal Font Canopy of St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich: Interdisciplinary Studies of a Medieval Monument over Four Centuries (Leiden: Brill, in press).
  • 2023 Zachary Stewart, “The Plague, the Parish, and the Perpendicular Style: Theories of Change in Late Medieval English Architecture from John Aubrey to John Harvey,” in Modernity and Lateness in Medieval Architecture, ed. Alice Isabella Sullivan and Kyle G. Sweeney (Leiden: Brill, in press).
  • 2023 Zachary Stewart, “A Late Medieval Inventory from St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich (BL Stowe MS 871): Register, Record, Teaching Resource,” in Collecting, Curating, Assembling: New Approaches to the Archive in the Middle Ages, ed. Emily N. Savage (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, in press).
  • 2022 Zachary Stewart, “An Architecture of Incumbency? Burwell and Beyond,” in Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology at Cambridge: College, Church and City, ed. Gabriel Byng and Helen Lunnon, British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions 44 (Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2022), 171–87. View
  • 2022 Zachary Stewart, “Review. Tim Ayers and Maureen Jurkowski, The Fabric Accounts of St Stephen’s Chapel, Westminster, 1292–1396,” Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, vol. 97, no. 2 (2022), 472–74. View
  • 2021 Zachary Stewart, “Brotherly Rivals: Templars, Hospitallers, and the Architectural Expansion of the Temple Church in London,” The Antiquaries Journal, vol. 101 (2021), 235–68. View
  • 2021 Zachary Stewart, “Models, Copies, and Mendicants: The Origins of the Late Medieval English Parish Church in Historiographical Perspective,” in Towards an Art History of the Parish Church, 1200–1399, ed. Meg Bernstein (London: Courtauld Books Online, 2021). View
  • 2021 Zachary Stewart, “Review. Stephen Murray, Notre-Dame of Amiens: Life of the Gothic Cathedral,” Journal of the British Archaeological Association, vol. 174 (2021), 198–200. View
  • 2020 Zachary Stewart, “Plate 2.27: Hampton Court Palace,” in Vetusta Monumenta, ed. Noah Heringman, Crystal B. Lake, and Katharina Boehm (online edition published under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Society of Antiquaries of London, 2020). View
  • 2020 Zachary Stewart, “One and Many: Parish Church Planning in Late Medieval England,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 79, no. 3 (2020), 264–85. View
  • 2020 Zachary Stewart, “Other Spaces: Medieval Architectural History between Theory and Practice,” in “Are We Post-Theoretical?” ed. Jennifer Borland and Nancy Thompson, special issue, Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art, vol. 6 (2020). View
  • 2019 Zachary Stewart, “A Lesson in Patronage: King Henry III, the Knights Templar, and a Royal Mausoleum at the Temple Church in London,” Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies, vol. 94, no. 2 (2019), 334–84. View
  • 2018 Zachary Stewart, “Tending the Architectural Corpus: A Prehistory,” in “Preserve,” ed. Tricia Stuth and Ted Shelton, special issue, Journal of Architectural Education, vol. 72, no. 2 (2018), 290–93. View