Taylor Van Doorne

Taylor Van Doorne
Graduate Student


Areas of Concentration: 18th and 19th century European architecture, monuments and public space, revolutions and popular uprisings, architectural theory
Faculty Advisor: Richard Wittman
M.A. Thesis: "Moralizing Utopia: The Virtues of Collectivity and Happiness in Ledoux’s Ideal City of Chaux" (Tufts University, completed 2016)


Taylor Van Doorne is a Ph.D. student and Regents Fellow at University of California, Santa Barbara where she specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European architecture. Her research explores the intersection of public space, monuments, ephemerality, and popular uprisings in French architectural history. Her dissertation project, under the supervision of Professor Richard Wittman, examines the history and political significance of the colossal plaster elephant that stood on the Place de la Bastille in Paris from 1813 to 1846. Taylor will co-chair the panel “Ephemerality and Monumentality in Modern Europe (c. 1750-1900)” with Dr. Wittman at the European Architectural Historians Network International Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June 2020.

In 2016, Taylor received her M.A. in Art and Architectural History from Tufts University, where she completed her thesis on the influence of Rousseauian moral philosophy and the themes of collectivity and happiness in Claude-Nicolas Ledoux’s ideal city of Chaux. In 2014, Taylor completed her B.A. at Mills College with a double major in Art History and English.