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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Instructor of Record: ARCH 603.002 - The Curated University: Exhibiting the University of Michigan’s Neotechnical Past (Winter 2017)
In this project-based seminar, graduate students researched, designed, and executed a Bicentennial exhibition for the gallery at Taubman College, which was mounted April 2017. Combining historical research and analysis from the students in my “The Curated Campus” graduate seminar and the design output of Steven Mankouche’s “What If” Options Studio, Persistent Pasts reflected on the University of Michigan’s campus as a repository of memory. As UM celebrates its Bicentennial year, this exhibition asked how past traditions, tensions, and technologies have left material or cultural traces on campus space today. By laying bare rarely examined aspects of the historical university alongside radical designs for an unrealized present, Persistent Pasts asked visitors to question entrenched conceptions of what UM should and could be, architecturally and institutionally. This exhibition was supported in part by a Bicentennial Activity Grant, co-authored by Claire Zimmerman and Sarah Rovang.
Students in this seminar created exhibits that critically engaged the past, using dynamic digital displays and creative visualizations to evoke UM’s historical relationship with the neotechnical landscapes of industrial Detroit, the development of "Michigan modern" architecture, and racial tensions and student protests of the 1960s, to name but a few topics of research. In doing so, we not only plumbed the existing university archive, but contributed to and expanded it through the addition of written material and digital artifacts culled from the exhibition.
Click here to see photos of the completed exhibition.
Instructor of Record: ARCH 323 - History of Architecture II (Winter 2017)
This required undergraduate survey course for architecture students explored how the history of architecture can and should inform contemporary architectural practice, focusing on the period from roughly 1500 CE to the present. The lectures in this course demonstrated a variety of historical approaches, including focused case studies on individual buildings, diachronic examinations of how architecture constructs community, and cross-cultural comparisons at moments of historical rupture and change. This course is not arranged in a typical chronological order, but instead around a series of six themes intended to provoke further inquiry and invite connections between past and contemporary architectural issues. A central focus of the class is the mutually constitutive relationship between architecture and society.
Instructor of Record: ARCH 413 - History of Architecture and Urbanism from Antiquity to the Present (Fall 2016)
In this required architectural history survey course for three-year M.Arch. students, students explore the built environment across a broad geographical and temporal scope. The skills that are built and honed in this class are designed to serve professional architects and humanists alike. Students learn how to describe, formally analyze, and meaningfully engage with historic and contemporary buildings. The ability to communicate your findings, articulate an argument, and understand architecture within a variety of social, economic, and political contexts can be translated and deployed within professional practice or related studies. By defamiliarizing the built environment we inhabit, students gain a greater appreciation for the built environment while cultivating an expanded visual-spatial literacy. Together, we critically and self-consciously interrogate accepted dichotomies that still tend to shape our discourse: “Western” vs. “non-Western,” architecture vs. vernacular building, and elite vs. domestic. In doing so, students gain a more inclusive and contextual understanding of the built environment that values representation and diversity.
Instructor of Record: ARCH 443 - History of Urban Form (Fall 2016)
The majority of this graduate elective for architecture and urban planning students is grounded in class discussion, largely directed by the students and facilitated by the instructor when necessary. Besides a few lectures interspersed, this class functions mostly like a seminar. In comparison to a standard survey class, which tends to draw readings and materials from a broad variety of sources, skimming the surface of many different authors and topics, this course is a deep dive into the writings of three historically significant urbanists: Lewis Mumford, Spiro Kostof, and Jane Jacobs. From the conversation catalyzed between these three writers, we attempt to distill universal or timeless principles of urban form. In the final course meetings, we take our explorations chronologically forward from Jane Jacobs up until the present day, examining resistance to urbanization, decentralizing intellectual movements, global cities, and contemporary housing crises. We connect our meditations on cities to current design practice, seeking practical lessons from our semester-long exploration of urban environments.
syllabi for the above are available upon request.
Brown University, Providence, RI
At Brown University, I served as a teaching assistant in a variety of capacities in courses ranging from larger, introductory lecture courses to smaller, focused seminars targeted towards art and architectural history majors.
Teaching Assistant: The Other History of Modern Architecture (Spring 2014)
This lecture course presented modern architecture as the product of the cultural, technological, political, and intellectual developments associated with capitalist expansion across the globe. I led one fifty-minute weekly discussion section that expanded on themes introduced in lecture and fostered research and writing skills through exercises emphasizing effective internet searching and peer review. I graded all assignments (including midterms, finals, two research papers, and written make-up work) for 17 students and made myself available to students during weekly office hours.
Instructor: Professor Itohan Osayimwese
Seminar Instructor and Teaching Assistant : Paris: Architecture and Urbanism (Spring 2013)
Covering the urban history of Paris from the tenth through the twentieth centuries, this lecture course offered an optional weekly seminar/discussion section that students could take for additional credit towards a major in the History of Art & Architecture department. I designed assignments for this seminar and taught a weekly fifty-minute sessions for 12 students who wanted a deeper level of engagement with the course material. For the combined lecture and seminar students (~45), I graded all assignments (including midterms, finals, reading response papers, and final projects), managed the course website, and held weekly office hours.
Instructor: Professor Catherine Zerner
Head Teaching Assistant: City and Cinema (Fall 2012)
This lecture course explored the relationship to architecture, urbanism, and film, beginning with the development of pre-filmic technologies such as panoramas and continuing into the present day with popular blockbuster films. As the head teaching assistant for this ~180 student lecture course, I coordinated a team of four other teaching assistants, managed the class website, and standardized grading rubrics and course policies. I also held two fifty-minute weekly discussion sections for ~45 students, graded all their assignments (including biweekly response papers, quizzes, and final projects), and made myself available in office hours.
Instructor: Professor Dietrich Neumann
Teaching Assistant: Contemporary Architecture (Spring 2012)
This course was the second-semester continuation of Modern Architecture covering the 1950s through the present and my responsibilities were thus very similar. I graded biweekly response papers, quizzes, and final projects, held weekly discussion sections and office hours, and delivered a guest lecture covering the process of Critical Reconstruction in postwar Berlin. I also reprised the one-hour seminar on methods in architectural history research I had designed the previous semester.
Instructor: Professor Dietrich Neumann
Teaching Assistant: Modern Architecture (Fall 2011)
For this large survey of modern architecture (covering primarily European and American developments from the 1880s through 1940s), I graded biweekly response papers, quizzes, and final projects, in addition to holding weekly discussion sections and office hours. I also designed and ran a one-time seminar outside of class on methods in architectural history research.
Instructor: Professor Dietrich Neumann
Seminar Assistant: Modern Istanbul (Fall 2010)
In this mixed grad student and undergraduate seminar, I worked for the instructor on a limited basis (5-10 hrs/week) to prepare bibliographic materials, compile PDFs, and create graphic representations of relevant course materials.
Instructor: Dr. Ipek Tureli
Summer@Brown, Brown University, Providence, RI
Instructor: Skyscrapers! The Secret Lives of the World’s Tallest Buildings (Summers 2013-4)
I designed and taught this one-week (15 classroom hours) high school course on the history of skyscrapers from 1880 to present. This course provided a foundation in architectural history by emphasizing skills such as reading historical documents, examining construction drawings, and understanding economic and cultural context. In addition to a series of mini-lectures interspersed throughout the course on various architectural concepts and building case studies, we also executed a variety of design and structural engineering activities, such as imagining an interior decoration scheme for an Art Deco lobby and using rolled newspaper to simulate various kinds of skyscraper tube construction. I graded students’ short projects, reading response papers, and made myself available during daily office hours.