Office of Public Affairs and Communications | March 9, 2017
Tomorrow belongs to the bold. Notre Dame is proud to celebrate women whose scholarship and leadership are empowering change in the global community.
School of Architecture
Assistant Professor, Co-Director HUE/ND and Associate Director DHARMA Lab
While Selena Anders was growing up she spent her summers going to work with her father, a bricklayer. Herbert Anders worked on historic buildings in downtown Chicago, so a young Selena was able to see how these old townhouses, bungalows, schools and even park districts came together, igniting a passion for designing and building. This hands-on education didn’t stop during the winter; the father and daughter avoided the cold temperatures by working on interiors of houses where she helped with drywall and learned about framing.
“I really just loved it,” Anders, an assistant professor in the School of Architecture, says. “It was really fun to just be on site and build things and see how things come together.”
Her passion took a detour in college when she decided to pursue bachelor of arts in art history and anthropology, but architecture was always a key part of her life as she focused on Italian architecture and archaeology.
That liberal arts background has served her well after completing a master of architecture at Notre Dame, where she has been a professor, based primarily with the Rome Studies Program, since 2010.