I study contentious political engagement by design professionals. Through in-depth interviews, participant observation, and analyzing texts, I investigate ways activists shape and organize power towards justice causes. While the focus of my work is on counter-hegemonic movements by professionals, my research has led me to study the globalization of architecture’s institutions and community-engaged design. And though my focus began with architects, these inquiries have led me to consider the work of planners and civil and environmental engineers, as related professions whose work, institutions, and activism often overlap with designers’. My work contributes to histories and theories of activism in the spatial professions and relies on ethnographic methods.
design professions, spatial professions, architecture, activism, dissent, contentious politics, institutional culture, history of design, social movement and organization theory, Iran
ENVD 1040 - Studio 1: Introduction to Planning and Urban Design
The fourth of four introductory studios in which students learn concepts and strategies related to urban planning and design. Students collaboratively develop a design solution to a small-scale problem within an urban fabric using basic skills of analysis and design iteration.
ENVD 1052 - Design and Communication 1
Using both lectures and drawing exercises, this class extends understandings of the representational conventions used by the design professions through its introduction to the possibilities offered by emerging digital techniques for the depiction of designed artifacts and environments, allowing students to extend and enhance their understandings of advanced practices for design visualization, representation and communication. Recommended corequisites: ENVD 1004 and ENVD 2001.
ENVD 1102 - Design and Communication 2
Using both lectures and drawing exercises, this class extends understandings of the representational conventions used by the design professions through its introduction to the possibilities offered by traditional techniques for the advanced practices for design visualization, representation, and communication. Recommended corequisites: ENVD 1104 and ENVD 2003.
ENVD 1120 - Studio 2: Fundamentals of Architecture
Focusing on the languages of design, as well as on traditional and digital methods of visualizing architectural ideas and forms, this course builds on the skills learned in Studio 1 and begins incorporating the dynamic forces that shape our buildings.