Ph.D., History of Architecture & Urbanism, Cornell University
M.A., History of Architecture/Urban Development, Cornell University
B.Arch., University of Notre Dame
At Philadelphia University since 1995, Prof. Breiner teaches theory seminars such as American Architecture and Vernacular Architecture, and has taught all four required History of Architecture and Interiors courses in addition to many electives and 2nd-year architectural studio. He is also the Associate Dean of the College.
His research interests include Renaissance architect Vincenzo Scamozzi and topics in American architecture, as reflected in his publications on Venetian urban design, New York architects Heins & LaFarge, and Philadelphia church design. During his tenure at the Landmarks Preservation Commission in New York City, he wrote designation reports for many significant neighborhoods and buildings.
Funded by the Getty Trust and Dietrich Foundation in 2005-06, Prof. Breiner undertook a Campus Heritage Project which documented the cultural landscapes of 11 historic sites on the Philadelphia University campus, which he is expanding into a monograph. Additional funding has facilitated continued research in Italy.
Prof. Breiner has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Germantown Historical Society, and the East Falls Historical Society. His other professional memberships include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Urban Land Institute.