May 3 - 4, 2019
209 Fayerweather Hall
The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture's biennial Dissertation Colloquium brings together a select group of doctoral students from diverse institutional and disciplinary backgrounds working on dissertation topics related to the history, theory, and criticism of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape. The Colloquium has been held for nearly a quarter century, and its purpose is to provide a forum for discussing significant new work by emerging scholars. Much of the event's long and distinguished history, which includes early work of many of the field's establishes scholars, is available for perusal online here.
Following a 6:00 Friday keynote presentation entitled "Right-to-Heal: Democracy from Above and Below" by Esra Akcan of Cornell University, Saturday's proceedings were as follows:
Panel 1: 9:15 - 11:20
Irene Brisson, University of Michigan, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, "Homes in rasanblaj: Assembling a historiography of residential architecture in twentieth century Ayiti"
Erik Carver, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, "Imperial Standards: pocketbooks and the design of an American sphere c.1840-1885"
Jonathan Cortez, Brown University, Department of American Studies, "Migrant Housing in a Moment of Crisis: Talbot F. Hamlin, the Farm Security Administration, and Architectural Longevity"
Jonah Rowen, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, "The Construction of Wealth: Security and Valuation through Building and Rebuilding across the British Atlantic, 1782-1848"
Response: Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Barnard College
Panel 2: 11:30 - 1:15
Dalal Musaed Alsayer, University of Pennsylvania, PennDesign, "Curating Democracy: Domesticity, Modernism, and the “Good Life” in American Trade Fairs, 1953-1961"
Gary Fox, University of California, Los Angeles, Architecture and Urban Design Department, "Simulated Environments"
Randy Nakamura, University of California, Los Angeles, Architecture and Urban Design Department, "Exhibiting Upjohn's Brain: Man and Communications at Italia '61"
Response: Zeynep Çelik Alexander, Associate Professor of Art History, Columbia University
Panel 3: 2:15 - 4:20
Yasmina El Chami, University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture, "Constructing Beirut: The Politics of American Missionary Education in 19th Century Lebanon"
Sara Jacobs, University of Washington, College of Built Environments, "Race, Citizenship, and the Urban Landscape in Warren Manning’s 'National Plan'"
Nikki Moore, Rice University, Department of Art History, "To Which Revolution? The Architecture of the Green Revolution in Mexico, 1941-1968"
Gabriel Schwake, TU Delft, Department of Architecture, "The American Dream of Israeli Settlers: suburbanizing the Green-Line"
Response: Ralph Ghoche, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Barnard College
Closing Roundtable: 4:20 - 5:30
Reception: 5:30 - 7:00