The 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 Buell Conference on the History of Architecture brings together scholars in architectural and urban history to discuss topics in architecture, urbanism, and modernity as broadly understood.

Conversations on Architecture and Land in and out of the Americas


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This year, the Buell Center continues and concludes its series of “Conversations on Architecture and Land in and out of the Americas” which began in Winter 2021. The theme of land, and the plural, Americas, is meant to help expand the Center’s mission in two ways: first, by situating US building practices comparatively in hemispheric relation with the rest of the continent; and second, by suggesting that there are several Americas within the United States. This Fall, we will host speakers who turn our attention to architecture’s role in the political economy of land. 

In celebration of the Buell’s 40th Anniversary and its participation in the 5th Annual Chicago Architecture Biennial, events will be held in various locations throughout New York City and Chicago. All events will be held in person and on Zoom, as well as live-streamed to GSAPP’s YouTube channel here. Please email [email protected] to RSVP or register for the Zoom link on the event's page.


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February 3, 2023, 12pm


This conversation highlights new approaches to the history of the intertwining of law, visual culture, and land—and the benefits of cross-disciplinary, cross-geographic and cross-historical comparison and collaboration. Mabel Wilson (Columbia University) will present from her new project, Building Race and Nation, which examines how enslaved labor was employed to construct early government architecture and urbanism in the Middle Atlantic States on land dispossessed from Indigenous nations. This work intersects with narratives of racialization in Brenna Bhandar’s (University of British Columbia) work, in particular with her critique of “the possession of the self and land” that is central to the settler colonial project.

Organized as one of the  “Conversations on Architecture and Land in and out of the Americas” by the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at GSAPP