2009 Buell Dissertation Colloquium

2009 Buell Dissertation Colloquium

17-18 April 2009

Avery Hall Wood Auditorium, Columbia University


A presentation of papers by a select group of doctoral students working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape.




Friday, 17 April 2009


6:30-6:45 - Introduction


Reinhold Martin, Director, Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture


6:45-8:30 - Field Notes From Beyond the PhD


Lucia Allais, Behrman-Cotsen in the Society of Fellows & Lecturer in Architecture and the Humanities, Princeton University


John Harwood, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Architectural History, Oberlin College


Timothy Hyde, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Saturday, 18 April 2009


10:00-12:00 - Panel 1


Moderator: Lucia Allais


Anthony Fontenot, Princeton University, "Non-Design: The Marketplace and the American City"


Anna Vallye, Columbia University, "The "Method of Approach": Walter Gropius and the New Deal Discourse of Economic Recovery"




Elihu Rubin, UC Berkley, "Insuring the City: The Transformation of Boston and the American City"


Jesse Lecavalier, ETH, "The System is Constantly Moving... Wal-Mart's "Transbuildings""




2:00-4:00 - Panel 2


Moderator: John Harwood


Kim Foerster, ETH, "The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, New York (1967-1984): A Cultural Project in the Field of Architecture"


Irene Sunwoo, Princeton University, "Alvin Boyarsky presents Chicago à la carte"



Dorit Fershtman, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, "Parallel Engagement in Symbolic Systems of the Philosophy of Science and Architectural Praxis"


Divya Rao Heffley, Brown University, "Vision in Motion: Architectural Space Time Notation and the Sequential Experience of Space"




4:30-6:00 - Panel 3


Moderator: Timothy Hyde


Leila Marie Farah, McGill University, "Crossing Paths: The Intersection and Interaction Between Livestock, Architecture and Landscape in 17th-18th c. New France"


Jennifer Gray, Columbia University, "Democracy by Design: Dwight Perkins and the Reform Park, Chicago 1904-1913"


Luis Castañeda, New York University, "After Tlatelolco: Architecture and Ideology at the Mexican Olympics of 1968"


Concluding round-table on doctoral education in architecture-related fields today with all participants.


6:00-7:00 - Reception