MemberDaniel E. Coslett

…B.A. Davidson College (2005), Political Science and Classics
M.A. Cornell University (2009), History of Architecture & Urban Development
Ph.D. University of Washington (2017), Built Environments…

My areas of interest center on the place of the historical within contemporary built environments. I aim to gain a better understanding of how surviving traces of the past are preserved, interpreted, experienced and exploited today, and how they contribute to urban life while inspiring urban identities. A solid understanding of the past is thus required. My specialties include architecture and planning of the modern era, built environments of European colonialism, heritage management, and North Africa.

MemberIrene Brisson

Irene Brisson is an architectural scholar and designer invested in the study and implementation of more inclusive and equitable design practices. They center historically marginalized narratives of architecture and building practices in Haiti and the greater Caribbean. As a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, Irene is completing a dissertation on practices of communication in the design of Haitian residential architecture through ethnographic fieldwork with contractors, architects, and residents. Considering speech, gesture, drawing, and building as inclusive categories of communication, she examines how design interactions vary in complex relationships of class, education, language, race, and nationality to reproduce and challenge the status quo. Irene’s other on-going research interests include the intersections of the rhetorical and representational values of homes in popular culture, choreography in relationship to the built environment, community-based visual ethnography, and the politics of inclusion of people with marginalized gender, racial, and disabled identities in the built environment.

MemberAnne-Catrin Schultz

Anne-Catrin Schultz is an Associate Professor in the Architecture Department of Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She received her Ph.D. in Architecture History and Theory from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where her work focused on the process of layering in the work of the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa. Anne-Catrin writes about historic and contemporary tectonics exploring narratives that go beyond the built environment. Her most recent book is “Time, Space and Material–The Mechanics of Layering in Architecture,” a study of spaces and buildings that transcend time and reflect a non-hierarchical approach to understanding the built environment. More recently, the impact of politics and social change on the architecture production has to the focus of Anne-Catrin’s writings. Tracing the boundaries between reality and imagination, the book “Close to the Original, Far from Authentic?Explorations of Real and Fake in Architecture” is forthcoming with Menges Editions in 2019.

MemberFranklin Ridgway

American Literature, Marxism, American Studies, Travel Writing, Built Environment, American Culture, Nineteenth Century Studies, Sociotechnical Systems, Enviromental Humanities, Literary Geography, Nineteenth Century United States, Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Literary Regionalism, American Realism and Naturalism, American Realism, Media History, Lacanian theory, U.S. Intellectual History, Spectatorship, American Immigrant Narratives, Phenomenology of Space and Place, Science and technology studies, Environmental Humanities, and Twentieth Century Literature

MemberPaula Lupkin

Paula Lupkin is a historian of design, architecture, and cities.  Her interdisciplinary work focuses on the spatial and material production of modernity under capitalism, investigating its impact on the designed world and the built environment. Her research and publications address the ways that architecture, interiors, fashion, cities, and landscapes shaped and were shaped by new ways of living, working, designing, and consuming. Her work has been supported by the Charles Warren Center at Harvard, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Study in the Fine Arts, and the Clements Center for Southwestern Studies at Southern Methodist University.

MemberPauline Saliga

Pauline Saliga is the Executive Director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an international not-for-profit membership association with a dual role.  SAH is a professional association for people who teach the history of the built environment and it is a public outreach platform that shares new research with design professionals and broad publics. Prior to serving as Director of SAH, Saliga had a museum career holding curatorial positions in the Department of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

MemberAimi Hamraie

The cover image above shows a black and white sketch drawing of a building exterior, a “proposal for ramped entry” to a court house building in North Carolina drawn by disabled architect Ronald Mace in 1980. The building’s entry has two steps to its glass doors, but a ramp to the side facilitates entry to the same doors by wheels. Two people stand in apparent conversation in front of the doors, their bodies arranged in similar manner to the building’s vertical geometries: columns flanking the doors, as well as serving as aesthetic elements at the upper level. This design was unbuilt. Like the sketch, my work focuses on the relationship between bodies and built environments. I am assistant professor of Medicine, Health, & Society, affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies, and director of the Mapping Access project and Critical Design Lab at Vanderbilt University. My interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on the historical and ethnographic study of bodies and built environments, applying frameworks from critical and crip disability studies, feminist technoscience studies, and critical design studies. My first book, Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability, studied the twentieth century shift from design for the average user to design for non-average users culminating in the movement toward Universal Design. My second book project, Enlivened City: public bodies, healthy spaces, livable worlds, examines the biopolitics of global livable cities design. I also direct Mapping Access, a participatory data collection and mapping project focused on promoting accessibility in built environments. Finally, I am a certified permaculture designer working at the intersections of food justice, sustainability, and urban development.

MemberNila Namsechi

Nila Namsechi is currently a PhD candidate in Byzantine, Ottoman and Greek modern Studies at University of Birmingham where she offers the first systematic study of the Byzantine and Early Medieval Duchy of Naples from c650-1000.Drawing together over fifty years of textual and archaeological research, her thesis will address the transition period that Naples underwent during these centuries by examining the built environment and monumental topography of the city and the territory of Duchy of Naples. Furthermore, her thesis aims to understand the cultural impact of Byzantium alongside other regional cultures on Naples. She is also interested in the study of Persian literature and transcription of Medieval manuscripts in English.    

MemberRobert J. Hotes

My career is grounded in the understanding that the design of our built environment is integral to our quality of life. A passion for the past, combined with a commitment to a sustainable future, has guided a practice focused on working with existing buildings, including all forms of rehabilitation and additions, spanning the 18th to the 21st centuries. With degrees in architecture, historic preservation and civil engineering, I have an integrated and holistic approach to design, and, although my experience crosses a variety of building and client types, I have concentrated on work for organizations that share my belief in the value of our built heritage, particularly governmental, educational and other non-profit institutions. Following advanced training and experience in Italy, Russia and France, I have developed a keen interest in the global practice of heritage conservation. I speak and write frequently on architecture, preservation and sustainable design, and I have lectured at numerous professional conferences and symposia throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.