BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Instructor, Art History
School of Humanities
Art History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

604.986.1911 ext. 7314
Fir Building, room FR 414


PhD, Art History, Stanford University, 1995.

MA, Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, 1988.

BA (Honours), Fine Arts, University of British Columbia, 1987.


Chris Pearson (PhD, Stanford University, 1995) is a historian of art, architecture, urbanism and design from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the history and theory of art and architecture at Stanford University, the University of California at Davis, Santa Clara University, Arizona State University, the University of Oregon, Trinity University (San Antonio) and the University of British Columbia. From 2006, he was a founding faculty member of the nascent Quest University Canada.

My teaching interests encompass the history and theory of modern art, architecture and design. I particularly enjoy teaching the basics of visual analysis, modernist theory and practice, Neoclassicism, art historiography and methodology, high/low culture issues and the history of the built environment of world cities.

I have published several studies in the fields of modern art, architecture and sculpture, with a particular focus on synthetic interrelations between art and architecture. I am also interested in world heritage issues and the work of UNESCO.

Chris Pearson has published studies on Le Corbusier, Henry Moore, Thomas Kinkade and other subjects in many peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Architectura, The Sculpture Journal and The Capilano Review, as well in edited volumes of thematically related essays.

His most recent book is Designing UNESCO: Art, Architecture and International Politics at Mid-Century (Ashgate, 2010).