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Directors

Director
Janette Kim
jkk16@columbia.edu

Janette Kim is an architectural designer, researcher and educator based in New York City. Janette teaches design studios in the Master of Architecture program and a history/theory seminar on architecture and political ecology. Janette also directs the Applied Research Practices in Architecture program and the Urban Landscape Lab, and is principal of the research and design practice All of the Above.Janette’s research work focuses on design and ecology in relationship to public representation, interest, and debate. Her research work has involved partnerships with Metropolitan Transit Authority in New York, the City of Newark, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, and has been awarded by the Graham Foundation and the Van Alen Institute New York Prize Fellowship. Janette holds a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

Founding Director
Mabel O. Wilson
mow6@columbia.edu

Mabel Wilson teaches courses in architectural design, architectural theory, and visual cultural studies. Her seminars examine a range of subjects including raciality and architectural discourse; space and the politics of cultural memory and history; and theories of time, cinema and databases. Her architectural design studios utilize methods of parametric data-mining and fabrication to explore urbanization, new technologies, and globalization in African cities and systems of aggregation and material expression. She received a doctorate in American Studies from NYU (2007), and an M. Arch from Columbia’s GSAPP (1991). As the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor at GSAPP, she directs the program for Advanced Architectural Research, co directs the Global Africa Lab, and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies in GSAS

Methods Course Instructors

Diana Martinez, 2014-15
Diana Martinez is a Ph.D. candidate in architectural history and theory at Columbia University. She received her B.A. in architecture from UC Berkeley and an MArch from Columbia. She has practiced as an architect in San Francisco, Manila and New York. Martinez has taught design, history and theory courses at Columbia University, Barnard College and at Pratt Institute. Her current research focuses on the role concrete and other architectural materials played in processes of colonization.

Daniel Talesnik, 2013-14
Daniel Talesnik holds an architecture degree from the Catholic University of Chile and a MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where he is currently a PhD candidate in History and Theory of Architecture. His dissertation is entitled The Itinerant Red Bauhaus, or the Third Emigration, a research that focuses on a peripatetic group of Bauhaus students that traveled to the Soviet Union in the 1930s with Hannes Meyer.

Ginger Nolan, 2012-13
Ginger Nolan is a Ph.D. candidate in architecture history and theory at Columbia University. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature and European culture from Brandeis University and a Master of Architecture from M.I.T. She has worked as an architect for Ken Yeang and Khanna-Schultz. She has edited Thresholds: A Journal of Visual Culture and has contributed both writing and design projects to various academic journals and design magazines.

María González Pendás, 2011-12

Irene Cheng, 2010-11

Current Advisors

Coming soon.

Past Advisors

Phil Anzalone
Mojedeh Baratloo
David Benjamin
Michele Fornabai
Leslie Gill
Toru Hasegawa
Juan Herreros
Laurie Hawkinson
Clara Irazabal
Jeffrey Johnson
Ed Keller
Reinhold Martin
Joachim Moreno
Mathan Ratinam
Karla Rothstein
Yehuda Safran
Kazys Varnelis
Mark Wasuita