Ph.D., History of Architecture, Cornell University
M.A., History of Architecture/Urban Development, Cornell University
B.Arch., University of Notre Dame
At Jefferson since 1995, Prof. Breiner teaches all four required History of Architecture and Interiors courses and many electives - including Theories of Architecture Seminar, The Great American City, American Architecture, and Thesis Preparation and Research - some of which he developed. He also teaches Design IV for Architecture.
His research interests include Renaissance architect Vincenzo Scamozzi and topics in American architecture, as reflected in his publications on Venetian urban design, 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 Jefferson campus. Additional funding has facilitated continued research in Italy.
Prof. Breiner has served as the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and remains involved in the SAH national organization, and a trustee of the Germantown Historical Society. Other professional memberships include the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.