This conversation is the third of 6 conversations. The series will stage conversations around the different areas of the Waterloo Architecture curriculum with one broad ambition: “Questioning the canon: In a world of unprecedented possibilities and unforeseen brutalities, what can architectural education do?”
This particular conversation will consider the following sub-question: “With its legacy of confronting difficult questions, how can cultural history evolve to embrace the complex cultural narratives of our global world?”
Meredith TenHoor is Associate Professor at Pratt Institute's School of Architecture, where she coordinates the undergraduate architectural history and theory curriculum. She is the editor and a founding board member of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, a group devoted to publishing and advancing scholarship in architectural theory and history in an interdisciplinary context. Meredith has a PhD in Architecture from Princeton University and BA in Art-Semiotics from Brown University. She is a board member of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University and a founding member of the Metropolitan Exchange in Brooklyn, New York.
Meredith’s research examines how architecture, urbanism and landscape design participate in the distribution of resources. She is currently working on a book about architectures of privacy, and recent research has focused on the biopolitics of race and of food provisioning in architecture and urban design in the twentieth century.
Her book-length publications include Black Lives Matter, a collection of essays that put Black lives at the center of architecture and its history, commissioned and edited with Jonathan Massey; Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics at Fulton Mall, a book about how race and class have shaped development in New York City; and a dissertation, "The Architecture of the Market: Food, Media and Biopolitics from Les Halles to Rungis” about the design of food distribution systems in postwar France. Her articles have appeared in Log, French Politics, Culture and Society, Zeitschrift fur Medienwissenschaft, The Architects' Newspaper, Revista Plot, Pidgin, Pin-up, and Tarp Architecture Manual.
Dr. Tammy Gaber is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at Laurentian University in Ontario, Canada where she teaches the cultural history course Sacred Places and Architectural Design Studio in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Tammy holds Bachelor degrees in Environmental Studies and in Architecture from the University of Waterloo, and earned her Masters of Architectural Engineering and Doctorate of Philosophy from Cairo University. Tammy has previously taught design, theory and building sciences at the University of Waterloo, British University in Egypt and the American University of Cairo.
Tammy writes and reviews regularly for various international periodicals and journals and has won first prize for a paper she co-authored in the UIA’s 2011 architectural research competition and presented at the UIA Congress in Tokyo. She has contributed a chapter on Egyptian design in the book Diversity in Design: Perspective from the Non-Western World, as well as a chapter on Turkish vernacular design in Habitat: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet. Tammy has recently completed a SSHRC Insight Development Grant to pursue a pioneering study of Canadian mosques, Beyond the Divide A Century of Canadian Mosque Design and Construction, which will be the subject of her forthcoming book with McGill-Queens Press.
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