Joseph Bilello, Ph.D.
Professor of Architecture
Dr. Bilello is a Professor of Architecture at Ball State University and the former dean of the College. He has a sustained research and practice interest in adaptive reuse and has advised thesis students on a full spectrum of preservation related projects. More recently, Dr. Bilello has been working on design for resilience, focusing on the particular problems of historic structures during and after man-made and natural disaster situations. Bilello holds a BA in Architectural Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Architecture from Washington University, and a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Maryland. He has been a frequent lecturer at universities and professional conferences for his research work on sustainable community development, windstorm mitigation design, historic preservation, and architectural education. Before his tenure at Ball State, Bilello was Director of the Architectural Research Center at Texas Tech University, and taught at the Catholic University of America, the University of New Mexico, California College of Arts and Crafts, and King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Bilello’s preservation practice has included work with the Historic American Building Survey, Historic American Engineering Record, John Milner Associates (Philadelphia) and the National Park Service’s Denver Service Center and Southwest Cultural Resource Center (Santa Fe). His most significant preservation project was the Old Courthouse restoration in the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (The Arch) in St. Louis. The two-year initiative involved interior and exterior preservation/restoration projects following experimental research on the structure, paints, and the exterior cleaning of its limestone cladding.