Sylvia Faichney

Sylvia Faichney
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: Late Twentieth-Century Architecture in the United States; Design and Material Culture; Media Studies; Decorative Arts
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
M.A. Thesis: "Dreamscapes of Domestic Fantasy: Advertising 1970s Interiors" (University of Brighton, 2016)


Sylvia Faichney is a first year Ph.D. student in the Department of History of Art & Architecture at The University of California, Santa Barbara. Central to her research interests are questions surrounding the representation, interpretation, and reception of architecture in the mid-to-late twentieth century in the United States, and the political and cultural dimensions of their design. She is the recipient of the Margaret Mallory Fellowship and has published with Blind Field Journal (2017), Construction Literary Magazine (2018), and Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture (2019). In 2015 she participated in supporting the public programming for the traveling exhibition Archibald Motley Jr: Jazz Modernist at the Chicago Cultural Center, and has worked in various positions for the Goldstein Museum of Design located at the University of Minnesota.

After earning a B.A. in History of Art from Columbia College Chicago, Faichney completed her M.A. in Design History and Material Culture in 2016 at the University of Brighton, earning a Distinction under the advisement of Dr. Louise Purbrick.


Sylvia Faichney. “Breathtakingly Ugly”: Advertising Taste in 1970s Interior Architecture”. Interiors: Design/ Architecture/Culture, Lois Weinthal ed. (Taylor and Francis): 9 no. 1: (April, 2019).

Sylvia Faichney. “'This Is Not A Time Capsule': Historic Homes and The Chronotope”. Construction Literary Magazine, (February, 2018).

Sylvia Faichney. “Advertising Housework: Labor and the Promotion of Pleasure in 1970s Domestic InteriorsBlind Field Journal. September 22, 2017.