In addition to their studies, doctoral candidates are involved in many aspects of the school. Among other activities, they hold Research or Teaching Fellowships and organize speaker series, conferences, and journals.
Students generally take courses their first two years, and are engaged in research and teaching for at least two more years. After their fourth year, students may or may not remain in residency; many travel to pursue their research, either in the US or abroad.
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Salma Abouelhossein is a 4th year PhD student. She is broadly interested in urbanization and socio-ecological reproduction, the historical geographies of capitalism and crisis, urban-rural transformations, commodity frontiers, and the entangled global histories of finance and ecology. Her current research focuses on the historical geographical transformations of sugar planting regions in the Nile Valley of Egypt and Sudan from 1850 to the present in relation to local politics, state-formation, regional geo-political transformations of the modern Middle East, and global capitalist restructuring. Her work builds upon the critiques of inherited urban/agrarian divides and approaches the Nile Valley as a space of urbanization. She is specifically interested in socio-ecological reproduction as well as the contested and entangled relations of labor, land, and money. She follows the work of several feminist scholars and political ecologists by centering gendered, racialized, and ecological value relations in the study of uneven spatial development and extended urbanization. Salma’s doctoral research is supported by the Agha Khan fellowship. She holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from the American University in Cairo (‘12), where she was awarded the Leadership for Education and Development (LEAD) scholarship. She also holds a Masters of Science with Distinction in Urban Planning and Development from the Bartlett, University College London (‘14). Before starting her PhD, she worked for three years as an urban planner and consultant in collaboration with local municipalities, NGOs, and international development agencies in Egypt.
Katarzyna (Kate) Balug is a PhD Candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her research explores feedback loops between techno-political change and subjectivity as mediated by artistic practice. Her dissertation studies late 1960s inflatable forms in art and architecture, and the post-lunar imaginaries that they articulated in response to a confluence of 1960s scientific and social transformations. She is particularly interested in how the elemental aesthetics of the inflatable simultaneously recalled earlier human spaceflight, resisted their technological milieu, and anticipated theorizations sensitive to non-human forces that became increasingly prevalent across disciplines in subsequent decades.
Kate's academic work is complemented by curatorial and artistic practice. In 2017, she co-curated The New Inflatable Moment for Boston’s BSA Space, which captured the episodically utopian sensibilities of inflatables from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Her long-term art project, Department of Play, intervenes in public space through momentary fictions. Past project support includes a 2015 ArtPlace America grant.
Kate is a 2011 MUP alumna of the Harvard GSD, with past research supported by the Sinclair Kennedy Fellowship. She received a dual BA in studio art and French from the University of Southern California. Her essays have been published in Geoforum, Critical Sociology (co-authored), and New Geographies: Extraterrestrial. She has a book chapter forthcoming in NASA in the American South (University of Alabama Press).
Hugo Betting is an architect and a first-year PhD student. He has recently been focusing on the margins of modern architecture and its common ground with sciences, technology, and mass culture. On a broader scope, he is interested in the philosophical discourses of modernity at large, its repressed aspects, and the inner contradictions that are structuring it.
Prior to arriving at Harvard, Hugo completed a Licence’s and a Master’s Degree from Paris La Villette School of Architecture. His master’s thesis in history and theory of Architecture examined the process of building utopia, through the brief existence of the Maison de la Culture’s Mobile Theater by André Wogenscky, as a deceiving embodiment of a silent, long desired and soon forgotten modern ideal.
After his graduation, Hugo also worked for various architecture studios in Paris as a project architect, including Cathrin Trebeljahr and DATA Architectes. In 2021, he has been the recipient of the Arthur Sachs Fellowship.
Aleksandr Bierig is a PhD candidate studying eighteenth- and nineteenth-century urban and architectural history, with a focus on interactions between the built environment, the natural environment, and political economy in Britain. His dissertation research examines the interaction between coal, architecture, and urbanization in London in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries through a series of sites where the city’s unique fuel was bought and sold, monitored and taxed, collected and displayed, stored and burned. These sites describe coal’s effects at different scales, from changes to the household hearth, to the bureaucratic infrastructure of the fuel trade, to representative buildings like the 1769 and 1849 London Coal Exchanges. Other recent research has included investigations into the late eighteenth-century English cottage, the early nineteenth-century plantation in the American south, and changing concepts of building ventilation between 1650 and 1850.
Prior to the GSD, Aleksandr completed his MArch from Princeton University and his BA in Architecture from Yale University. He has worked for architectural firms in the United States and Europe. His writing has appeared in Log, Clog, Architectural Record, The Architectural Review, Architectural Histories, Perspecta, and Pidgin, where he served for two years as an editor. Dissertation research has received support from the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard.
Will Conroy is a second year PhD student in urban planning. He is broadly interested in the geopolitical economy of urbanization, socio-spatial theory, the history of race and capitalism, and political ecology. His empirical research focuses on the history of urbanization in the United States and its overseas territories between 1850 and the present. His contention is that this history can help us to better understand the nature of capitalism: its geographical movement, its dependence on enduring forms of expropriation and enclosure, and the ways in which it both produces and resolves crises. William’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Planning Theory, Capitalism Nature Socialism, ACME, Antipode, and New Geographies, among other outlets.
Prior to arriving at Harvard, William completed an MPhil (with Distinction) at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, and a BA (Summa Cum Laude) at Northwestern University, where he focused on political economy, environmental policy, and the history of the Americas. Outside of the university setting, William has worked with a range of non-profit organizations including RECOFTC (The Center for People and Forests) as a Princeton in Asia Fellow, the Foundation for Ecological Security, and the Environmental Law Institute. He also co-founded an organization in 2018 that seeks to mobilize the theoretical, empirical, and methodological insights of the critical social sciences outside of the academy.
Yazmín M. Crespo Claudio is a third-year PhD student in architectural history and theory at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. She is an Assistant Professor and former director of the department of Architecture (2014-2018) at Universidad Ana G. Méndez -Recinto Gurabo where she teaches architecture studios, visual thinking and communication, and history and theory courses.
Yazmín has taught at NYIT, Cornell, Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Design Discovery at Harvard GSD, and was a Visiting Professor at the Elisava Escola Universitària de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona. She frequently lectures about her work and has been invited to participate in several design workshops, seminars, and peer-reviewed conferences from cities like Madrid, Santo Domingo, Arequipa, Santiago de Chile, Valparaíso, New York and Puerto Rico. She has also been an invited juror at Cornell, BAC, NYIT, IAAC, Elisava, UPR, and PCUPR, and has collaborated also in the curation of art and design exhibitions.
Yazmín’s work in teaching, research and practice has been recognized with several awards including the Edita Technical Chamber of Greece Award for her proposal Housing and Public Space in the Historical Center of Barcelona at the XIX Congress of the UIA in Barcelona, a Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill (SOM) Urban Design Category Finalist, and as an associate designer at Perkins Eastman, the World Architecture Award 2009 and the AIA NY Merit Award for the TKTS Booth in New York.
She is the co-founder of the collective taller Creando Sin Encargos, (tCSE) an important creative space that has developed several design-build workshops titled Arquitecturas Colectivas in communities of Puerto Rico. Her research focuses on counter-narratives of architectural pedagogies in Latin America and the Caribbean: an interdisciplinary perspective.
Yazmín holds the Master in Design Studies (MDes) in History and Theory of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the Master of Architecture (MArch) and the Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning, and the Bachelor’s in Environmental Design (BED) from the Universidad de Puerto Rico’s School of Architecture.
Samira Daneshvar is a second-year PhD student whose research is situated at the intersection of architecture and medical sciences in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Her research focuses on historical understandings of the human body as both a socio-cultural material and a scientific object, the historical relationship of the human body to both its interior and exterior environment, the production of knowledge through the body, and the cultural artefacts surrounding the rationalization and universalization of the human body.
Samira holds a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto and Master of Science from University of Michigan. She joined the discipline of art and architecture after five years of medical studies in Iran. Prior to GSD, Samira has taught at University of Miami and practiced in Toronto. Her writings have appeared in Thresholds Journal, Inflection Journal, Centre 22, and other venues. She has exhibited at: Keller Gallery (MIT), Fashion Art Toronto (Daniel’s Spectrum), Goldsmith Hall (University of Texas at Austin), and Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University (forthcoming in fall 2020). She was selected for collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Research Department in 2018 and was an invited speaker for XII International Architectural Biennale of Sao Paulo in 2019.
Taylor Davey is a fourth-year PhD student studying politics of urban climate governance. Her work focuses on the emergence of sustainable development, resiliency, and greenhouse quantification practices in urban planning and policy, and their relationship with environmental policy and energy economies at other scales of governance since the 1990s. Her interests also include the politics of climate science and the rise of urban policy networking and ‘best practice’ development at the international level. Taylor’s past work includes research on Medellín, Colombia and the dissemination of its Social Urbanism design program as a ‘best practice’ model. The project studied the city’s strategies of place marketing and the international resonance of the program in policy circles as it related to local social justice priorities.
Taylor holds a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo, where she has also acted as an instructor. She previously worked as an editorial intern at Log Journal and The Architectural Review. Taylor was the recipient of a SSHRC scholarship for her Masters research and was awarded the OAA Guild Medal. In 2015, Taylor’s work was exhibited at the MasterWorks exhibition in Cambridge Galleries. She has also presented her work at the AAG meeting and has published research in the MIT Journal Thresholds. Taylor is currently located in the Greater Boston Area.
Romain David is an architect, historian, and suburbanist based in Paris. As a first-year Ph.D. student, he focuses his research on the evolution of the late avant-garde at the end of the 20th century. His research focuses mainly on the Dutch agency OMA and approaches architecture at the intersection of several methods and fields of research: microhistory, the pragmatic sociology of art, work, and professions, management sciences, and ethnography.
Before architecture, Romain holds a Bachelor in cinema studies from Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. He then studied architecture at École Nationale d’Architecture de Paris-La-Villette where he received a Bachelor's and a Master’s in architectural design. He graduated with the highest honors for his gated community project for greyhound’s lover. Additionally, for his thesis, “1995: OMA Born Again”, he received the Prix du Mémoire de Master en Architecture 2018 by the Fondation Rémy Butler under the auspices of the Fondation de France. In 2020-2021, he is the laureate of the Arthur Sachs Fellowship.
His writings had been published in Plan Libre, Pli, and San Rocco.
Beyond his academic work, he is also an avid explorer of the suburbia and his untapped world of warehouses, highways, and gated communities.
Phillip Denny is a fourth-year PhD student working on histories of architectural prefabrication, colonialism, and urbanization in the twentieth century. He is advised by Antoine Picon and Sarah M. Whiting.
Phillip frequently writes about architecture, art, and design. His writing has recently appeared in Harvard Design Magazine, Volume, Metropolis, The New York Times, CLOG, PLAT, Urban Planning, Footprint, See/Saw, and Pidgin. Recent projects include a monographic study of the German architect and urban planner Ludwig Hilberseimer (with Charles Waldheim), and a genealogy of “creaturely” architecture in Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech, edited by K. Michael Hays and Andrew Holder (forthcoming; Harvard University Press). He edited The Art of Joining: Designing the Universal Connector (Leipzig: Spector Books), a pocketbook anthology of original research on the architect Konrad Wachsmann. Phillip also contributed to the catalogue for Architecture Itself and Other Postmodernist Myths, curated by Sylvia Lavin at the CCA in Montréal, and Stressing Wachsmann: Strukturen für eine Zukunft (forthcoming; Edition Angewandte). He is a member of the editorial board of The Architect’s Newspaper and an editor of The New York Review of Architecture. Phillip is a founder and curator at a83, a gallery and organization in Soho, New York, with a three-part mission to exhibit, publish, and promote experimental projects in architecture, art, and design. Phillip lectures on the history of modern and contemporary architecture at Boston Architectural College.
Phillip completed his Master of Architecture degree at Princeton University, where he graduated with the certificate in Media + Modernity, and received the School of Architecture History and Theory Prize. He received a Master’s degree from Harvard University in 2019. He also holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was awarded the Louis F Valentour Fellowship, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Prize for Architecture History, and the AIA Henry Adams Medal. He has practiced in numerous roles with architecture firms and organizations in the United States and Europe, including AMO, the research arm of OMA/Rem Koolhaas, MOS Architects of New York, and C-Lab at Columbia University. In 2018, Phillip was a fellow of the Bauhaus Global Modernism Lab in Dessau, Germany. In 2019, he received a Graham Foundation grant to support his work on an English-language translation of Nicolas Schöffer’s 1969 urban manifesto La ville cybernétique. He curated the exhibition “Teamwork: The Art of Joining,” at KÉK, the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre in Budapest, Hungary, in December 2019.
Hayley Eaves is a first-year Ph.D. student interested in Baroque and Enlightenment architecture, stage design for opera, festival architecture and ephemera for theatrical enactments, and architectural draftsmanship. Past projects have focused on wayang golek (rod puppetry) in modern Indonesia, Philip James de Loutherbourg’s (1740-1812) use of theatre models and miniatures, and Ferdinando Galli-Bibiena’s (1657-1743) appropriation of ancient and global monuments on the late Baroque stage. Hayley has been the recipient of a Governor General’s Academic medal, a Max Stern Museum Fellowship, and a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, which supported her 2018 residency at the Centro Vittore Branca where she was based out of the Institute of Theatre and Opera.
Hayley holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from McGill University. While completing her M.A., Hayley attributed close to one-thousand watercolour paintings of zoological specimens from an eighteenth-century collection and was the lead curator and researcher for an exhibition aimed at illuminating the impact of the Great War on McGill students, faculty, and staff; the exhibition was featured on CTV News. Hayley has written exhibition reviews for Montréal-based artists and is currently writing on the economic life of the minor painter, Peter Paillou (c. 1712-1790).
Igor Ekštajn is a PhD candidate in architecture, urban, and landscape history. His dissertation studies how the understanding of nature has played a dynamic role in the planning and organization practices of the European southeast in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
He received a Master of Architecture from the University of Zagreb (2005) and worked in a number of Croatian architectural offices. He also holds a Master in Design Studies in History and Philosophy of Design from the Harvard GSD (2011), and a Master of Arts in Landscape Architecture from Harvard GSAS (2013).
Igor has experience in curatorial practice, having worked for both the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the GSD’s Exhibition Department. He served, moreover, as the Deputy Curator of the Croatian Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, and as a member of the research and curatorial team for “Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative”- a travelling exhibition of the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative, where he was also a Research Fellow.
He is a Graduate Student Affiliate of the Harvard University Center for European Studies and of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Igor’s doctoral research has been supported by fellowships from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and from the Krupp Foundation.
Samaa Elimam is a PhD Candidate studying the history of technology, empire, and environment in the nineteenth century. Her dissertation examines the links between engineering methods and the material making of the past in the Nile Valley, with a particular focus on the relationship between Egypt and the Sudan. Previous research has explored rival conceptions of technical knowledge, including early nineteenth century ideas of public utility, optimization, and aesthetic discourse in the design of public works. Samaa completed her Masters in Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where her thesis in the New Geographies Lab explored modern Mediterranean environmental history, focusing on infrastructural networks in the Nile Delta. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley.
Before her PhD, Samaa worked as an architectural designer at offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cairo, and later, a visiting studio instructor at the American University in Cairo. Her dissertation research has been supported by fellowships from the Society for the History of Technology, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. She is currently completing dissertation research abroad.
Tamer Elshayal is an urbanist working at the intersection of urban theory, critical geography, environmental anthropology, and science and technology studies. His current research seeks to examine the shifting spatialities of mega-engineering in the Middle East through the study of spatial and cultural politics of large infrastructural projects. He is interested in how large engineering schemes reconfigure territories and landscapes as they take shape in discursive and material mediums and how they engender contested socio-spatial formations.
Tamer is an associate member of the Spatial Ethnography Lab, a research collaborative co-founded and led by anthropologist Vyjayanthi Rao. He is also a research member of Neil Brenner’s Urban Theory Lab at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, in which he works on the spatial and political dimensions of extractive economies and large-scale water and energy infrastructure in the restructuring of North Africa. Tamer previously worked as a research assistant in the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, focusing on water and energy infrastructure in the US. Furthermore, reflecting his shared interests in critical geography and environmental anthropology, he was awarded the Penny White summer grant to conduct fieldwork in Egypt, investigating the infrastructural landscapes of coastal engineering works in the Nile Delta.
Tamer holds a Master in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), a Master of Landscape Architecture from FH Anhalt, Germany; a Post-professional Certificate in GIS and Environment from Salford University, UK; and a Bachelor of Architecture from Faculty of Fine Arts, Egypt. Tamer has previously worked as landscape architect in Germany and Egypt, and as an environmental researcher at the Center for the Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Brandon Finn is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University. He studies urbanization, extraction, labor, democracy, and race in Southern and Central Africa. He is currently working on two papers: the first is an analysis of the history of segregation and labor supply in South Africa at the start of the 20th century; the second is concerned with changing labor regimes and spatial organization in the Zambian Copperbelt. Brandon uses qualitative and archival research methodologies and is broadly interested in Africa’s relation to the history of capitalism. He earned his master’s degree in Urban Studies from University College London and his undergraduate and honors degrees from the University of Cape Town.
Brandon has conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe, and worked for the African Centre for Cities. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, where he is also conducting work for the African Studies Center. He recently published articles in the following journals: Dialogues in Human Geography, Urban Geography, and Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. Brandon was awarded a Ph.D. fellowship grant for the upcoming academic year from the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Swarnabh Ghosh is a third-year Ph.D. student working at the intersection of critical urban theory, geography, environmental and agrarian history, and science and technology studies. His current research focuses on irrigation infrastructure in colonial Punjab to examine the intertwined historical geographies of capitalist agriculture, agrarian development, and urbanization in late-nineteenth and twentieth century South Asia. His broader interests concern the history of global capitalism, the political economy and political ecology of uneven development, and sociospatial theory.
Swarnabh received a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and a Master of Philosophy in Urban Studies (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge where he studied as a Yale Bass Scholar. His M.Phil. dissertation examined the techno-managerial underpinnings of development in post-liberalization India through an analysis of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor.
Before coming to Harvard, Swarnabh practiced in New York for several years with the interdisciplinary studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro where he was involved in projects spanning art, architecture, and landscape architecture. His writings have appeared in Urban Studies, The Avery Review, Pidgin, and Metropolis among other publications.
Thomas Shay Hill is an urbanist and intellectual historian focused on theoretical and mathematical models of cities, economies and space. Tommy’s current research concerns the use and misuse of “big data” for the built environment; “smart city” technologies; and the history, theory and practice of urban simulation. Tommy is particularly interested in the ways in which insights from complexity theory and from statistics are being integrated into simulation models designed to guide urban and regional planning. Open questions guiding Tommy’s research include the various ways in which complexity theory and big data could be productively combined in the urban context; the historical materialist critique of quantitative and computational social science methods; and the degree to which a quantitative post-positivist social science is possible.
Tommy’s professional background is in data analytics, and at Harvard Tommy has been involved in a number of statistics and data science projects for the urban environment, including: a computer program to detect fractal structure in urban morphology from aerial photographs; a study of the impact of sea-level rise on property market dynamics; and various projects involving the use of location data to improve the accuracy of predictive models. Tommy studied Urban Studies and Economic History at Columbia University, and spent his professional years in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York City.
Jacobé Huet is a fifth-year Aga Khan doctoral student working on architectural modernism and questions of cultural exchanges. She is particularly interested in the visual, historical, and political connections of European modernism with vernacular forms of the Middle East and Mediterranean. Jacobé's dissertation examines these overlaps in the context of three architects' careers — Adolf Loos, Marcel Breuer, and Le Corbusier — as well as three cities — Tel Aviv, Algiers, and Marseille.
Jacobé holds a bachelor in art history from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne and a master’s degree from Williams College and the Clark Art Institute. She has presented her research on various occasions including at annual conferences of the College Art Association and Society of Architectural Historians. After two years as a Teaching Fellow for history and theory courses at the GSD, Jacobé will spend the 2020-2021 academic year as a Dissertation Research Fellow at the Harvard Center for European Studies.
Sarah Hutchenson focuses on the intersection of space and political structure in early modern Britain, exploring themes such as the appropriation and rehabilitation of royal authority during the Interregnum and Restoration. She worked on the Provenance Project in the Rare Books collection at the National Library of Scotland, and as a volunteer archivist at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. She has published on cartography and the visualization of Protestant theology in late Elizabethan England, in Durham’s MEMSA journal; other recent projects have examined scientific knowledge and politicized xenophobia in sixteenth-century London, use of heraldry and symbolism in the portraiture and court literature of Elizabeth I, and royal parks under Charles II.
Sarah holds a master’s degree in Renaissance and Early Modern Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a bachelor’s in history (with a minor in music history) from Vassar College. In between college and her master’s, Sarah worked in fundraising and event planning for a small nonprofit in Boston.
Hannah Kaemmer is a fourth-year PhD student working on architecture, engineering, and empire in early modern England. She is interested in the politics of architectural knowledge, and her dissertation focuses on the role of expertise in fortification projects in England and its colonies during the Restoration. Her other research interests include science, antiquarianism, and architecture in 17th-century England, the role of theoretical and practical knowledge in early modern architecture, and the history of the profession.
Hannah was previously a resident fellow at the Preservation Society of Newport County, where she researched patron-architect relationships in the late-19th century, as well as the rebuilding, adaptation, and preservation of Newport’s Gilded Age homes in the 20th century. Before that, Hannah spent a Fulbright year looking at the design and use of English gentry houses in early modern England and completing a Master of Arts in the Archaeology of Buildings from the University of York. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Williams College.
Hanan Kataw is a third-year PhD student. Her research looks at the rise of the digital discourse in architecture, examining the ways in which digital architectural practices have been represented in various publications, exhibitions, and architectural projects as well as the social and institutional practices that conditioned and shaped these representations.
She holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture Engineering from The University of Jordan, where she was awarded the Issa Hassan Abu Al Ragheb Award for Academic Excellence. She also holds a Master of Arts in Architectural History with distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Her master's thesis focused on the agency of the architect and the politics of knowledge manifested in the digital generative architecture discourse.
She has worked as a visiting lecturer at Al-Zaytoonah University in Jordan, where she taught a class on the theories and applications of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in architecture. She was also a research consultant at Studio-X Amman run by Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Columbia Global Centers where her research focused on the history of urban planning in the city of Amman and the different digital technologies used in mapping the urban change and their influence on the ways the city has been represented and narrated. In 2019, Hanan participated in the Global Modernism curatorial research residency at the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, Germany.
Gabriel Kozlowski is a Brazilian architect and curator. Graduated from the Master of Science in Urban Design program at MIT, Gabriel has held research positions at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism and the Senseable City Lab, and taught graduate-level seminars, workshops and studios at the same school.
He is currently Assistant Curator for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2021. Past curated exhibitions include “Walls of Air” (the Brazilian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale) and “Housing+” (the 3rd Biennial Exhibit of the MIT L. Center for Advanced Urbanism). Gabriel’s recent books include: The World as an Architectural Project (MIT Press, 2020); 8 Reactions for Afterwards (RioBooks, 2019); and Walls of Air: Brazilian Pavilion 2018 (Bienal de São Paulo, 2018).
For his PhD at Harvard, Gabriel will look at the history of urbanization in the Amazon basin. His research interest suggests that the way politics and power got spatialized in that region has defined the framework through which we conceive of and relate to the Amazon, and that a new reading of it can, in turn, inform the way we understand and address broader urbanization processes as well as the responses from our design disciplines.
Adam Longenbach is a second-year PhD student studying the relationship between mediated visual perception, architecture, and power, primarily in late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century America. His work attempts to raise questions about the ethical constitution of architecture as a practice by examining histories in which the discipline’s technical knowledge has been used to legitimize suspect forms of authority and control, with a particular interest in moments in which architects themselves served as complicit actors within inhumane and often violent processes.
Adam holds a Master of Architecture II in urban studies from The Cooper Union and a Master of Architecture in the history, theory, and criticism of architecture from The Pennsylvania State University, where he also earned his NAAB-accredited Bachelor of Architecture. His writing has most recently been published through Log, The Avery Review, and Applied Research + Design. Before coming to Harvard, Adam practiced for several years in design offices around the US and abroad including Olson Kundig Architects, Allied Works Architecture, and Snøhetta, and continues to practice with Studio LO, his own architectural design, planning, and illustration studio.
Manuel López Segura is a seventh-year PhD candidate, an architect, and a Master’s in architectural history. His research in the GSD MDes program focused on the involvement of architecture in the construction of Spain’s democracy, welfare state, and regional identities during the 1980s. He has enjoyed the support of a Fulbright Scholarship. He is the recipient of a 2018-2020 La Caixa Scholarship. As a PhD student, he works on the architecture of political conflict in 1950s to 1970s Italy. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at the annual conferences of the European Architectural History Network, the Society of Architectural Historians, the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, and the Anglo-Catalan Society, as well as at Yale University and other fora.
Manuel holds a professional degree in architecture from the Polytechnic University of València, Spain, an MA in Architectural History from The Bartlett, University College London, and an MDes History & Philosophy of Design from the GSD. Manuel knows French, Spanish, Italian, Catalan, and some German. He has served as a teaching assistant to Professors Rafael Moneo and Hashim Sarkis and as a teaching fellow in the courses BTC I, BTC III, and Theories of Landscape Architecture at the GSD, and Landmarks of World Architecture at FAS.
Sabrina Osmany is a fifth year PhD candidate in Artificial Intelligence & Design Computation at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Her research focuses on developing Deep Generative Models of Artificial Imagination. She is co-advised between Harvard and MIT working in collaboration with Isola lab at MIT-CSAIL.
Sabrina's research combines machine learning with cognitive linguistics, and cognitive neuroscience of human visuospatial reasoning, in an effort to lay the foundations for machines that are capable of human-like generative capacities such as imagination and creativity. Her work builds on models of Conceptual Exploration which integrates language as a fundamental component of the cognitive experience. Sabrina uses these language insights to train machines that can perform tasks such as abstract thinking, cross-modal reasoning, concept transfer and concept invention, which is the immanent frontier towards Artificial General Intelligence.
Sabrina’s research draws from key insights from research on Mental Spaces suggesting how humans choose to represent concepts frames the choices they make during in subsequent spatial reasoning tasks. As such, representations instantiate frame consistent choice architectures. This means that representations can both reduce or expand the range of exploration of choice outcome. Nudging literature from Cognitive Psychology has shown that this phenomenon can be used for enhancing decision making in rational choice settings. Sabrina’s work asks how it might also augment the human imagination and creative arts. This has bearings on the nature of agency and intentionality.
Generative Models enable an expansion in our conceptual agency, authority and imagination in the realm of the Arts but also New Ways of Thinking. By forecasting and generating Art Futures, and possible Future Worlds, Sabrina is currently developing generative models for applications in Neural Diversity and Brain Machine Interfaces.
Sabrina holds an M.P.S. from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU where her research explored how human agency and intentionality are mediated by the design of interactive systems, focusing on the the development of intelligent virtual environments that sense, decode, and mediate human choice making behavior.
In collaboration with NYU’s Center for Neural Science, Sabrina developed her thesis, the Human Avatar Project, an anatomical, 27 degree-of-freedom upper-limb simulation to aid Pesaran lab's research in brain-machine interfaces for robotic prosthetics.
Her interactive work includes the development of a programming language in Urdu, a mobile app that uses computer vision to identify and connect with network devices, and a 120 ft. video installation at InterActiveCorp headquarters in New York City. She has exhibited Computational Art work internationally and maintains a vibrant artistic practice alongside her research.
Sabrina studied Philosophy at Bard College, completing a thesis, The Stature of Man in the Age of Creative Machines, which explored the cybernetic implications on of machines surpassing human creative intelligence. She is a mentor for OpenAI Scholars Program and currently serves on the board of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. Sabrina is from Karachi, Pakistan.
Christina Shivers is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Urban and Landscape Studies researching the politics of environmental planning. Her dissertation investigates the rise of market-based environmental policies since the 1970s through researching the influence of ecology and economics on resource extraction in both Canada and the United States. Her work looks to mined-land reclamation programs established in North American and the manner in which scientific and spatial research associated with these programs influenced environmental policy at the national and global scales.
Christina is a Graduate Student Affiliate and Graduate Research Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs Canada Program and a recipient of the Warren Center for Studies in American History Term-Time Dissertation Research Grant. Christina was a participant in the Garden and Landscape Studies Graduate Student Workshop at Dumbarton Oaks in the summer of 2020 and was a doctoral fellow at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal in 2019. Christina has presented her work at a number of venues including the 2019 Annual Conference for the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, the Society of Architectural Historians 2018 International Conference in Minneapolis, the Berlin Unlimited Urban Arts Festival in Berlin, Germany, the AIA Washington D.C. Emerging Architects Thesis Showcase and has been published in MAS Context. She was previously awarded the AIA Atlanta Emerging Voices Award in 2016 and presented an exhibition entitled Contrapuntal Narratives: Architectural Drawing Machines for Atlanta. She has also exhibited her artistic work at Harvard Graduate School of Design’s fortyK Gallery, at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and recently installed a sculpture at the Nashville International Airport.
She holds a B.A. in Music with a concentration in Music Theory and Performance from Florida State University and a Master’s of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has taught studio courses at Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia and worked in several architecture firms in Atlanta, Georgia.
Caroline Filice Smith is a third year PhD student interested in the political economy of urban design, the racialized history of urban planning across the US and its empire, and histories of leftist urban planners and architects during the early to mid-twentieth century. Her dissertation explores the planning of the New Left; focusing on links between mid-century, federally funded—yet activist-led—community action programs in the US and their origins as part of cold war US imperialism abroad. This work traces a genealogy of “the community” as a scale of planning intervention in the United States—focusing on its ties to pre-war democratic social engineering, cold war imperialism, and civil rights and the Black Power movement across the US (from the coal fields of eastern Kentucky to the inner cities of Pittsburgh and Detroit).
Aside from her dissertation, Caroline teaches and conducts research as part of CoDesign @GSD’s Urban Design and the Color Line project and has recently completed a report for the Architectural League of NY’s American Round Table Initiative on landscape-led, post-coal futures for Appalachia. She is also a member of the Urban Theory Lab at the Harvard GSD, having previously served as an Irving Innovation Fellow (’18), Mexican Cities Initiative Fellow (’16), and research associate for the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative (’16-’18). She holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from the GSD (‘17), where she was awarded both the Thesis Prize and Academic Excellence Award in Urban Design – additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech (’10). Prior to coming to Harvard, Caroline spent five years in professional architectural practice – most of which was spent working for UNStudio in their Shanghai office, and less of which was spent practicing in Los Angeles where she was actively involved in the Occupy movement.
Sam Tabory is a second-year PhD student. He studies the governance and negotiation of urban infrastructure transitions, paying attention to questions of system scale and boundary. He is interested in how transitions and alternative urban-regional governance logics interact with evolving spatial and temporal understandings of urban crisis under conditions of global environmental change and rising resource scarcity. Comparative and global perspectives inform his work. Rapid urbanization and the growth of secondary/tertiary cities are of particular interest to him, including the diverse ways in which they are accounted for and activated in national urbanization strategies. In addition to place-based transitions, Sam studies science-policy dialogues on the topic of urban transitions, focusing on how ‘city types’ mediate socio-technical understandings of urban systems change.
Prior to doctoral studies, Sam worked in urban science-policy engagement for a Sustainability Research Network supported by the US National Science Foundation and as a research associate with the global cities research team at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He has also held project management positions with international NGOs in Latin America. Professionally, he has contributed to reports commissioned by UN Environment, the World Bank, and NATO. His scholarly work has been published in Global Environmental Change.
Sam holds master’s degrees in urban planning and Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin, where his thesis and fieldwork focused on coproduced service provisioning in informal settlements. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.
Gideon Unkeless studies memorial architecture and is interested in the intersection of place, memory, and public participation at sites of historical violence. As the executive director of Projected Memory, a nonprofit arts and research initiative that uses media installations to gather, archive, and display visitor impressions at former Nazi concentration camps, Gideon examines the influence of design on our rituals of remembrance, including the language and gestures with which we express our thoughts and feelings at such fraught places. By comparing spontaneous, lay reflections with the more “considered” expressions of architects, sculptors, and artists who create memorials, he hopes to contribute to a multi-directional dialogue in commemorative architecture and to reveal the tension between the incommunicability of trauma and didactic meaning, and the impulse to engender empathetic and intellectual connections.
Gideon grew up in Brooklyn, New York, designed his own B.A. program in Pedagogy Studies at Wesleyan University, and was a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, where he became interested in post-Apartheid memorial architecture/design. In 2015-2016 he was a Alexander von Humboldt German Chancellor Fellow based at the Freie Universität Berlin.
Rodanthi Vardouli is an architect and architectural theorist whose work centers on the phenomenon of the avant-garde in the Arts. Her doctoral work, supervised by Professor K Michael Hays, positions the artistic and architectural production of the early twentieth century avant-garde in Europe (with greater focus on Dada and Surrealism) in relation to emerging theories of performance and performativity in the humanities, with the aim to unveil its constructive potential. Currently a fifth year PhD candidate, her dissertation proposes a theory of the avant-garde centered around a notion of agonistic negativity that goes beyond subversive intent and embraces an attitude of revolt within a world perceived in negative terms and therefore irreducible to dialectical antithesis.
To pursue this line of inquiry, Rodanthi has–over her years at Harvard–experimented with multiple epistemological perspectives and disciplinary methods of knowledge production that range from archival research oriented toward the production of chronicles and historical accounts (History of Art and Architecture) to poetics (Comparative Literature) and the contemporary discourse on architectural production (Graduate School of Design). She has presented her work at conferences and symposia across the world, including the “Disrupting Narratives: New Perspectives on Collage” Symposium at the University of Edinburgh (7/2019), the Field Studies Colloquium at Princeton SA+P (3/2019) the New England Symposium of Architectural Historians at the MIT Dept of Architecture (4/2018), the Panaesthetics Colloquium at Harvard GSAS (2/2017), the MIT Architecture Studies Faculty Colloquium lecture series (11/2014). Rodanthi is also a frequent invited speaker at the Discourse and Methods graduate seminar taught by Mark Goulthorpe at MIT (2014-2019.)
Prior to Harvard, Rodanthi received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from the MIT Department of Architecture (SMArchS 2014), where she conducted joint research between the History Theory Criticism and the Architectural Design areas of study, as scholar of the Fulbright Greece, Alexander S. Onassis and A.G. Leventis Foundations. For her research at MIT, she was awarded the Arthur Rotch Special Prize for highest academic achievement and original contributions to more than one research fields. Articles based on her MIT thesis were published at the Kurt Schwitters Society annual journal (2014) and the “Research in Architecture” journal edition of the National Technical University of Athens (2016). Rodanthi also holds a Professional Diploma in Architectural Engineering and a Graduate Specialization Diploma from the Design-Space-Culture Interdepartmental Graduate Program at the NTUA.
Dimitra Vogiatzaki is a historian of 18th- century architecture, currently pursuing a PhD in history and theory of architecture at the GSD. Her work focuses on the interplay of architectural theory and praxis with evolving medical, philosophical, and aesthetic theories of dreaming in the Enlightenment. As a doctoral candidate, Dimitra has received multiple fellowships and grants (UCLA Ahmanson Research Fellowship, Jens Aubrey Westengard Fund, A.G.Leventis Foundation grant, and Gerondelis Foundation scholarship among others) to conduct research in archives, special collections, libraries and sites across France, Germany, and the US. She is currently a recipient of the Chateaubriand Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) which will enable her to further her collaboration with Sorbonne University in the upcoming year.
Dimitra’s doctoral course has been driven by her dual passion for research and teaching. During the past years she served as a Teaching Fellow for graduate courses in the architecture and landscape departments at the GSD. Recently she assisted Professor Joseph Connors in his “Introduction to Western Architecture,” giving weekly in-class presentations, holding office hours and responsibility for the smooth transition of the course in the virtual realm. Simultaneously, Dimitra worked in a research group led by Professor Erika Naginski on putting together a new pedagogy plan for history and theory classes that address the challenges of the shift to a virtual environment, while also promoting social and racial justice and equity.
An active member of the Harvard-wide Mental Health Task Force, Dimitra worked closely with Deans Dench and McCavana to formulate concrete proposals for the enhancement of advising structures at the GSAS. She further served for two years as an Arts Fellow for the GSAS Graduate Student Center, solidifying her investment in bottom-up institutional practices that developed during 2009-10, when she represented Greece as a National Contact for the European Architecture Students Assembly.
A licensed architect-engineer in Greece (MA, MSc with excellence from the National Technical University of Athens), Dimitra is interested in design, and curatorial activities. Beyond the academic walls, she has participated in art exhibitions in Paris, Istanbul and Athens, and her work was on display at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture (Greek Pavilion). In 2015, with the support of the Fondation Le Corbusier, she produced an exhibition that merged Le Corbusier’s legacy with popular culture and new media art. She enjoys reading poetry, watching documentaries, and traveling, and is always up to chat about history and theory in the -now, virtual- trays.
Eldra Dominique Walker is an architectural historian whose dissertation examines the theme of the “primitive” in nineteenth-century French architectural thought and practice. She received the support of the Bourse Jeanne Marandon from the Société de professeurs français et francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA), the Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship from Harvard University, and the Pforzheimer Fellowship from the Harvard Library. More broadly, Modern European Architecture (1750-1950) is her primary field, and her additional research interests include transnational histories, architectural literature, intersections between race and architecture, history and theory of architectural ornament, and the theory and practice of architectural preservation.
Eldra has presented work at conferences organized by the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the European Architectural History Network, and the Première Université d’été de programme STARACO (STAtus, RAce, et COuleur) at the University of Nantes.
Currently, she is a lecturer and principal advisor to the MDesign Historic Preservation Program for the Department of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Additionally, she was the Nettie Seabrooks Graduate Curatorial Intern in European Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she assisted museum curators with an upcoming exhibition entitled “Color of Faith.” Eldra has taught courses at the GSD in Western Architectural history and theory, from the Renaissance to the present. Before coming to Harvard, Eldra was an architectural design reviewer in the District of Columbia Office of Planning. Eldra has an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Morgan State University.
Xiaoshi Wang is a third-year PhD student exploring AI-aided early stage architectural design. His research concentrates on using machine learning model to build connection between a low-complexity boundary geometry and its interior air flow pattern, air quality distribution and natural ventilation condition. He is interested in developing a space optimizer based on space layout’s natural ventilation condition, which is evaluated by a fast CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) predictor. Xiaoshi is also doing research on natural ventilation and indoor CFD simulation in Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC).
Xiaoshi holds a Master of Design degree in the direction of energy and environment from the Harvard GSD; a Master of Science Advanced Architectural Design degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Tongji University in Shanghai, China. Before his second master program he worked as an architectural designer in New York City, during which time he also collaborated on several design exhibitions in Shanghai. In 2013 Xiaoshi was awarded GSAPP Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize from Columbia University and in 2018 he was awarded Daniel L. Schodek Award for Technology and Sustainability from Harvard GSD upon graduation.
Angela Wheeler is a fourth-year PhD student and graduate associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her research examines the differing historic preservation principles and practices that emerged across socialist and capitalist economies in the postwar period. She is also interested in preservation pedagogy and its place in design curricula. After working with the International Council of Monuments and Sites as a Fulbright grantee in Tbilisi (2012-2013) and completing HUD surveys of Hawaii public housing, she completed an MSc in Historic Preservation at Columbia University (2016). Her thesis, Socialist in Form, National in Content, investigates official attempts to reconcile historic preservation and postmodern aesthetics with Soviet ideology in the Brezhnev era. She has published in Pidgin, Calvert Journal, Identity Studies in the Caucasus and Black Sea Region, and the Arctic Review on Law and Politics.
Angela’s recent projects include a Graham Foundation grant for “Indigenous Outsiders: Endangered Islamic Heritage in the Republic of Georgia,” an exhibition and publication documenting the wooden mosques of Georgia’s Muslim minorities (2018). Her chapter on mosques of Russia and the Caucasus appeared in Rizzoli’s Mosques: Splendors of Islam (2017) and she recently completed the Tbilisi volume for DOM’s Architectural Guides series (2020). She also organized “Commons: Public Spaces After Socialism,” an interdisciplinary conference hosted by Columbia University’s Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Angela takes an active interest in her mother’s life as long-haul trucker and its attendant economies and cultural productions.
Ziwei Zhang is a first-year Ph.D. student in Urban planning with a focus on the emerging institutions that govern the rural-urban transition in the developing world, particularly in Asia. She is attentive to the agrarian transformation in labor, resources, and state-society relationship that occurs under capitalist development. Her previous work has addressed a range of topics in rural areas. With the support of the Penny White Project Fund, she conducted fieldwork in West Kalimantan, Indonesia to study social forestry against the backdrop of plantation industries and how it has changed the citizen rights-claiming. Her results were presented in the Global Environmental Justice Conference at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She has also conducted historical research investigating the role of town-village enterprises in urban planning in rural China.
Ziwei holds a Master in Landscape Architecture, a Master in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and a Bachelor of Architecture from Southeast University, China. She has also experience as an urban designer for one year for Stoss Landscape Urbanism, where she participated in projects in China, the U.S., and the United Arab Emirates.