Faculty - Architecture Program | Benedictine College

Architecture Program Faculty

Dr. Christopher C. Miller

Professor and Program Director

Dr. Christopher Miller

Ph.D. History of Art (Univ. of Virginia,1999), M.Architecture, Urban Design concentration (School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame, 2014). M.Architectural History (Univ. of Virginia, 1992). Architect (reg. Virginia).

Christopher Miller, in 2019, came to Benedictine and led the development of the first official curriculum for the Architecture Program.  He brings twenty years of teaching and administrative experience in an architecture program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.

The accomplishments of his students have been recognized: awards in chapter and national competitions of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art and the Congress for the New Urbanism; publishing in The Classicist journal; admissions to graduate programs at Catholic, Princeton, Yale, and Notre Dame; and the winner of the inaugural Architecture Fellowship for Excellence in Architectural Design Work.

In 2014, Dr. Miller co-authored “Beauty” in the Thriving Cities Project at the Institute for Advanced Studies. Published recently are “Shaping the World’s Neighborhoods for Urban Shalom” and "Coding for Community." In press, is a review of Architecture and Theology. He is a member of the Scientific Committee for the Journal of Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism. He was a featured speaker at the Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: Stewardship of Creation on urbanism and sustainability. He has been a manuscript reviewer for The Embrace of Buildings, Making School Beautiful, and Architecture and Sacrament.

Dr. Miller is an amateur watercolorist; see Plein Air.

John P. Haigh, AIA

Assistant Professor, M.Arch., University of Notre Dame

John Haigh

John Haigh is a licensed architect who resides in Atchison, KS, having worked in the profession in Milwaukee, Chicago, and South Bend, IN. Originally from Washington state, John has lived in the Midwest since 2001, receiving his M.Arch. from the University of Notre Dame in 2004.

From 2003-2012 he worked in South Bend, IN, under the notable Arthur Ross Award-winning architect Thomas Gordon Smith, a leader in the contemporary developments of the resurgence of both teaching and practicing classical architecture. Under Smith, John was the acting manager from 2005-11 for a wide array of projects: Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Classical Galleries in the American Wing; Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, Oklahoma; Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Nebraska; the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame; and many others. During those years John was a regular guest critic for Smith’s classes at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture.

John’s personal work consists of residential, multi-generational housing, as well as the design and execution of sacred furnishings for Catholic parishes, including a parish hall renovation. As project manager he has worked on a number of award winning projects, including projects with Smith that have been published in the “Classicist”.