Aaron Wunsch holds a B.A. in History from Haverford College, an M.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and a Doctorate in Architectural History from the University of California, Berkeley. His 2009 dissertation was entitled “Parceling the Picturesque: ‘Rural’ Cemeteries and Urban Context in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia.” Building on that work, he has curated an exhibition on Laurel Hill Cemetery at the Library Company of Philadelphia and written several scholarly articles.
At Penn, Aaron regularly teaches four courses in the Preservation Program: a survey of American architecture, a seminar on the same topic, and two courses on the documentation of historic sites. His scholarship focuses on nineteenth-century American architecture and urbanism. Special interests include: the rise of the American landscape architecture profession, antebellum suburbs and cemeteries, infrastructure and industrial architecture (especially that of electric utilities), Quaker aesthetics, and the politics of commemoration. He serves as vice president of Philadelphia’s Woodlands Cemetery and has been active on other nonprofit boards. His efforts on behalf of Charlottesville’s James D. Nimmo House were recognized in Preservation Virginia’s Outstanding Domestic Project Award for 2008.