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Session online: Introductions

Chair Anne Hultzsch & Sigrid de Jong

Camila Medina Novoa, ETH Zürich
Camila Medina Novoa is a doctoral candidate at LUS, ETH Zürich. She is an architect with a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Universidad Católica de Chile. She is part of the ARQ Editorial Committee (2023-), Co-founder of LOFscapes collective (2015) and main editor of their book: Paisaje no es Naturaleza, Landscape is not Nature (2020). Her research interests lie in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture, focusing on tree transplantations practices during the 19th century. Through her doctoral research, she follows the traces of the Araucaria araucana tree species from Chile to England, exploring the co-production between sciences on tree knowledge, ornament, and colonialism.

Lingyu Wu, Tsinghua University
Lingyu Wu is a doctoral student majoring in environment art design at Tsinghua University. Her research interest lies in the relationship between art and space, art patronage and art foundations. Her ongoing doctoral thesis focuses on the roles of different subjects (including art foundations, governments, artists, architects and audiences) in shaping the construction of art spaces. Before studying for her doctoral degree, she worked as a poverty-relief volunteer for two years in Ximeng, one of the poorest minority ethnic counties in China located on the China-Myanmar border. She has also worked as a research assistant for two years at the Institute for Cultural Economy, Tsinghua University.

Dr Rebecca Tropp - University of Cambridge
Rebecca Tropp is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, where she has also been serving as the Acting Assistant Director of the Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture. She holds a PhD in History of Art from the University of Cambridge, as well as an MPhil from Cambridge and a BA from Columbia University. Her PhD investigated three-dimensional repercussions of the picturesque on the design and execution of British country houses at the turn of the 19th century, focusing on the works of James Wyatt, John Nash and Sir John Soane.

Yannick Etoundi - Brown University
Yannick Etoundi is a doctoral student at the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and a Cogut Collaborative Humanities Fellow. As a historian of the built environment, he specializes in postcolonial architectural history, global modernisms, visual culture of empire, and the architectures of slavery and abolition. His main area of focus is the African continent and the African diaspora, and he is particularly interested in the ways in which the memory of slavery, abolition, and colonialism is articulated around the built environment. He holds a M.Arch and a B.Arch from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Dr Elena Martinez-Millana -TU Delft & U. P. de Madrid
Elena Martínez-Millana is a Margarita Salas Postdoctoral Fellow (Ministry of Universities, Spanish Government) funded by the Next Generation European Union programme for three years (2022-2024), based at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM). Elena holds a PhD in Advanced Architectural Projects (UPM), with the ‘Cum Laude’ and ‘International Doctorate’ distinctions, and she received the ‘Extraordinary Doctoral Thesis Award 2020-2021’ (UPM). She is a member of the research groups Collective Housing (UPM), and Architecture Culture and Modernity (TU Delft). She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Jaap Bakema Study Centre, Het Nieuwe Instituut, in Rotterdam.

Dr Narciss M. Sohrabi - Paris Nanterre University
Narciss M. Sohrabi is a Visiting Research Fellow, now an invited researcher, in LADYSS. She studies urban history, public spaces, and sacred spaces of Middle Eastern societies with special reference to minorities. She received her Ph.D. in Aménagement de l’espace and urbanism from the Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense, in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation closely explored the changes of public space and the concept of public space according to the Iranian Islamic Revolution (1978-1979) through an analysis of objects. Her current research goes beyond the sacred spaces and urban networks in Iran.

Alba Carballeira - Independent Scholar
Alba has completed a Master’s degree in Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors by the University of Buckingham in partnership with the Wallace Collection in London. She has also obtained qualifications in the History of Jewellery in Western Europe from the School of Arts and Antiques in Madrid. For more than a decade she has been in charge of the mediation and implementation of cultural projects related to the historical-artistic heritage of the Palacio de Linares in Madrid (Spain), having collaborated in the recovery of historical pieces. She is a regular contributor to Centro Sefarad Israel (Spain), as a lecturer and curator, having recently curated an exhibition on Rembrandt. At present, she manages a private foundation located in Madrid.

Dr Ana Gisele Ozaki - University of Virginia
Ana Ozaki is an architectural historian and the Mellon Race, Place, and Equity Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia. Ozaki’s research investigates how racial ideologies have interfered with architectures of climate and the environment within the African diaspora, mainly within the Black Atlantic. Centered on Brazil’s construction of a tropical architectural ideal, her dissertation, The Brazilian Atlantic: New ‘Brazils,’ Plantation Architecture, Race, and Climate in Brazil and Africa, 1910-1974, examined the country’s connections to West and Southern Africa, specifically Nigeria, Angola, and Mozambique. She has previously held positions at Princeton University, Barnard College, Columbia University, UCLA, and Cornell University.

Dr Margarita R. Ochoa - Loyola Marymount University
Dr Ochoa is Associate Professor of History at Loyola Marymount University. Her research examines the intersections of identity (race, class, gender, and Indigeneity) with systems of power and the law in colonial and early national Mexico. She is co-editor of Cacicas: The Female Indigenous Leaders of Spanish America, 1492-1825 (OU Press, 2021) and City Indians in Spain’s American Empire (Sussex, 2012). She has published book chapters on gender and the history of emotions and is completing an article titled “Indigenous Women in Colonial Latin America,” for Oxford Bibliographies in Latin American Studies. She is also writing a history of Mexico City from the perspective of its Indigenous residents.

Dr Iris Moon - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Iris Moon is Associate Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. She is the author of Luxury after the Terror, and co-editor with Richard Taws of Time, Media, and Visuality in Post-Revolutionary France. A new book on Wedgwood will be published with MIT Press. In addition to curatorial work, she teaches at Cooper Union.

Session 1: Fictions

Chair Maarten Delbeke

Dr Masha Hupalo - SCI-Arc
Dr Masha Hupalo is a Senior Research Associate and Faculty in the Design Theory and Pedagogy postgraduate program and one of the coordinators of the currently under development Bachelor of Science in Design: Data, Film and Interactions program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). She is interested in the legal constructs of territory and borders, new forms of urbanization, and the ways policy and big data inform planning and design. Hupalo received her doctoral degree at Aarhus School of Architecture in 2020 In her dissertation, she investigated how urban planning documents and protocols translate idealized socio-spatial aesthetics into the built form in Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Moscow and Hong Kong.

Dr Tania Sengupta - Barttlet School of Architecture
Dr Tania Sengupta is Associate Professor and Director of Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Her research looks at the historical landscapes and legacies of colonialism especially in South Asia and also global postcolonial contexts. She is particularly interested in alternative epistemologies and questions of (in)equity that stem from these inheritances today. She received the RIBA President’s Medal for Research 2019 and is Co-Chief Editor of the Architecture Beyond Europe journal and Co-curator of the curricular resource (2020) ‘Race’ and Space: what is ‘race’ doing in a nice field like the built environment?

Tatiana Carbonell  - ETH Zürich
Tatiana Carbonell (she/her/hers) is a historian of architecture and landscape, studying climate theory through 19th-century infrastructure. She is currently a doctoral candidate at ETH Zurich (gta/LUS). Tatiana holds a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Católica de Chile (UC). She has been an assistant professor in both programs at UC, and an invited lecturer at UDP, UNAB, and EPFL. Among her recent publications is the edited volume From Rock to Park (Ediciones arq, 2020), the chapter ‘San Cristobal, Entre un Pasado Gris y un Futuro Verde’ (LabHCTS, 2023), and the article ‘Flores, una Ecología del Desastre’ (Revista Rita, 2022). Currently she is part of the Editorial Committee of Revista Rita.

Session 2: Urbanities 

Chair Sigrid De Jong

Cigdem Talu - McGill University
Cigdem Talu is a researcher and PhD candidate in the School of Architecture at McGill University. Her dissertation focuses on women’s writing and urban experience in late-Victorian London, urban atmospheres, and the history of emotions. Her research is supported by the Joseph Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She works as an archival researcher for documentary films and architectural exhibitions. She holds B.Arch, M.Arch, and post-professional M.Arch degrees from Politecnico di Milano and McGill University. She co-organizes the online platform DocTalks.

Dr Pía Montealegre Beach - Universidad de Chile
Pía Montealegre Beach holds a PhD in Architecture and Urban Studies, an MSc in Urban Development and a Professional Degree in Architecture from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Institute of History and Heritage of the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Universidad de Chile. She is a founding member of Gender, Space and Territory Studies Group (GET) and an advisor in several expert commissions on urban planning issues for public institutions. She researches and teaches on issues of urban history, public space, landscape and gender.

Ane Cornelia Pade - University of Cambridge
Ane Cornelia Pade is a PhD-candidate in History of Art at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD research centers on Parisian public pleasure gardens in the early post-revolutionary era (1794-1814). In 2020 she published the article ‘Tivoli: Negotiating Directory Society in the Public Pleasure Garden 1797-1798’ in Documenta. She obtained an MPhil in History of Art and Architecture from Cambridge with distinction, and was first in her cohort in 2020. Ane Cornelia holds a bachelor’s degree in History of Art from the University of Copenhagen (2019). She was a visiting student at Yale University (2017) and at Barnard College at Columbia University (2018) during her bachelor’s degree.

Session 3: Reforms

Chair Sol Pérez-Martínez

Dr Jane Hall - University of Cambridge
Dr Jane Hall is the inaugural recipient of the British Council Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship (2013) and founding member of architecture collective Assemble. Jane completed a PhD at the Royal College of Art, London (2018) where her research looked at the legacy of modernist architects in Brazil and the UK. She is the author of the book Breaking Ground: Architecture by Women (Phaidon, 2019) and Woman Made (Phaidon, 2021) about the work of women designers globally. Jane is a Teaching Associate lecturing in Gender and Architecture at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Anne Pind - Royal Academy Copenhagen
Anne Pind is an architect and PhD-student at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen. She is researching ecofeminist milieus in the Nordic countries from 1900 to 1980. By investigating different teaching, building, and farming practices within the women’s movement, she seeks to bring questions of ownership, maintenance, and co-creation into architectural history. Anne Pind has practiced as an architect in the field of conservation and maintenance, taught at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen, edited the Danish architecture magazine Arkitekten and worked as a freelance critic for the Danish newspaper Politiken.

Sanna Kattenbeck - ETH Zürich
Sanna Kattenbeck studied architecture at the Brandenburg University of Technology and the University of Tsukuba in Japan, and graduated from ETH Zurich in 2021 with an MAS in the History and Theory of Architecture. She has been involved in the exhibition ‘Cooperative Conditions. A Primer on Architecture, Finance and Regulation in Zurich’ for the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021 and contributed to the teaching of the MAS programme. In October 2021, Sanna started her Doctorate under the supervision of Prof. Dr Tom Avermaete as part of the SNSF-funded research project Codes and Conventions for the Future of Zurich.

Session 4: Domesticities

Chair Anne Hultzsch

Dr Laura Hindelang - University of Bern
Laura Hindelang is an Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Preservation at the University of Bern, Department of Art History. Her current research project focuses on questions of gender in architecture and its historiography before 1900 in Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Her latest book Iridescent Kuwait: Petro-Modernity and Urban Visual Culture since the Mid-Twentieth Century (De Gruyter, 2022) is a transdisciplinary study of the intersection between urban development, visual culture, contemporary art and petroleum industrialization in the Arab Gulf region. Laura Hindelang is a board member of Manazir – Swiss Platform for the Study of Visual Arts, Architecture and Heritage in the MENA Region and Manazir Journal.

Dr Alper Metin - University of Bologna
Alper Metin is an architectural historian based in Rome. His research focuses on the transformation of Ottoman architectural culture which generated the so-called Ottoman Baroque. In 2022, he obtained his PhD degree with honors at Sapienza University of Rome, and in 2023 he was appointed as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bologna (Department of the Arts). One of his main research areas is Ottoman female patronage in Istanbul. In 2022, he published an essay in Italian on the elementary schools built by the 18th-century royal women. In 2024, a book chapter dealing with the urban aspects of female patronage will appear in Women as Builders, Designers, and Critics of the Built Environment, 1200 – 1800.

Dr Michael Gnehm - USI Mendirisio / ETH Zürich
Michael Gnehm is a research associate at the Università della Svizzera italiana, Mendrisio, and co-editor of the digital Semper Edition, a collaboration of USI and ETH Zurich where he teaches courses on the History and Theory of Architecture.

Session 5: Enclosures

Chair Cara Rachele

Lola Lozano Lara & Dr Elena Palacios Carral - Forms of Living
Lola Lozano Lara is a PhD candidate at the Architectural Association, conducting research on the redistribution of domestic space, specifically within the pre-Hispanic and post-colonial history of Mexico City. Lola is a design fellow at the University of Cambridge and a director of the architecture design and research platform Forms of Living. Elena Palacios Carral holds a PhD from the Architectural Association, where she conducted research on artists’ studios in Paris, New York and San Francisco. Elena is a design fellow at the University of Cambridge; she teaches design at CSM, dissertation at the University of Greenwich, and is a director of architecture design and research platform Forms of Living.

Dr Émilie Oléron Evans - Queen Mary University of London
Émilie Oléron Evans is an art historian based at Queen Mary University of London, specialising in cultural transfers, historiography (19th-20th century) and the interrelation of art and translation. In her first book, Nikolaus Pevsner: Arpenteur des arts (2015), she analysed the career of German-born art historian Nikolaus Pevsner as a pivotal moment in the progressive integration of questions of art and architecture into British culture. Her research currently focuses on women art historians and on the role of translation in the evolution of art history as a discipline. Her second monograph, on the reception and legacy of feminist art historian Linda Nochlin, is coming out in late 2023.

Rabiya Asim - National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan.
Rabiya Asim is currently doing her PhD in art history at the University of Punjab, in Lahore Pakistan. She is a visual artist trained at the National College of Arts of Lahore. She is faculty at the National College of Arts since 2002, and currently teaches the following courses: Research Methodology in Art and Humanities, Research Methodology in Visual Culture, South Asian Seminar, and Art and Adversity, and Art since 1945. Apart from NCA she has been invited as an external examiner and taught short courses at LUMS, Kinnaird College and Lahore College for Women Lahore, Pakistan.

Session 6: Letters

Chair Matthew Critchley

Leo Herrmann - University of Stuttgart
Leo Herrmann is an Associate Researcher at the Institute for Principles of Modern Architecture (Design and Theory), University of Stuttgart. In his PhD project, entitled Concepts of Architectural Theory and the Colonial Order of Things, he applies methods from Conceptual History to Architectural Theory, with a focus on late-19th-century Empires. He has recently edited an issue of ARCH+ magazine and conducted several smaller research projects on the History and Theory of Modern Architecture. Leo graduated with a Master of Arts in Architecture from the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart in 2020.

Dr Sophie Read - The Bartlett, University College London
Dr Sophie Read is Associate Professor at The Bartlett, University College London, where she is also Programme Director of the BSc in Architectural & Interdisciplinary Studies. Her research addresses orality and architecture, the politics of architectural drawings and their collections, and methodological issues about retrieving neglected forms of live architectural knowledge from the past. She has received grants and fellowships from Paul Mellon, Tavolozza Foundation, Kress Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Sophie is currently writing the book manuscript of her research on John Soane’s Royal Institution lectures (The MIT Press) and co-leads the project Performing Spatial Evidence.

Dr Olivier Prisset - Université de Tours, InTRu
Olivier Prisset has a doctorate in contemporary art history. He is a research engineer at the Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance (CESR - UMR 7323), and a researcher associated with the InTRu (EA 6301), Tours. Specialised in the analysis of architectural programmes, he has more particularly studied the commercial strategies and commissioning networks developed within 19th-century architectural dynasties.

Session 7: Travelogues

Chair Nikos Magouliotis

Dr Semra Horuz - Max Planck Institute for Art History
Semra Horuz is a historian of architecture and urbanism specializing in late-Ottoman visual and material cultures. She received her MA in Architectural History from the Middle East Technical University, and obtained her PhD from the Technical University of Vienna in 2021. During the Fall of 2018, she was a visiting doctoral student in Wolfson College at the University of Oxford. She previously worked as a teaching assistant in İstanbul Bilgi University and as a lecturer in Bahçeşehir University. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT.

Dr Kristof Fatsar - Manchester School of Architecture
Dr Kristof Fatsar holds an MSc in Landscape Architecture and an Advanced Studies Master’s in Heritage Conservation, and has earned his PhD in Landscape History. His core research interest concerns the historic development of designed landscapes in the 18th and 19th centuries, with an emphasis on transnational knowledge exchange that influenced landscape design in the European peripheries. A particular focus of his recent research is the interrelation of personal connections, travel writing, knowledge distribution and memberships in learned societies both across Europe and on a global scale.

Dr Jemima Hubberstey - University of Oxford
Jemima Hubberstey is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Oxford researching women and the intellectual life of the country house in the eighteenth century. She has recently completed a PhD in English with English Heritage and the University of Oxford. She is also a research assistant for ‘Lost Literary Legacies’, a Knowledge Exchange Fellowship between National Trust, English Heritage, and Oxford’s English Faculty, exploring the shared literary influences that once united Wrest Park and Wimpole Hall.