Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

Philip Bess

Professional Background:

Philip Bess

Philip Bess is a Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches graduate urban design and theory and from 2004 to 2014 was the School of Architecture’s Director of Graduate Studies. He has a particular interest in Catholic and classical humanist intellectual and artistic traditions in the context of modern American life and the contemporary culture of architecture and urban design. Professor Bess lectures widely and has published numerous articles and three books. In the Fall of 2011 his graduate urban design studios began a multi-year, multi-award winning project called After Burnham: The Notre Dame Plan of Chicago 2109, which envisions metropolitan Chicago at the bicentennial of Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago. In 2013-14 Professor Bess was a William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in Princeton University’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.


A.B. Philosophy, Whittier College
MTS, Church History, Harvard University
M.Arch, University of Virginia

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