Newsletter | Nov/Dec 2002

Symposium Speaker Profiles

Kathryn Anthony

Kathryn Anthony, professor in the School of Architecture, University of Illinois, is also an associate faculty in the Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Women's Studies Program there. Anthony has been teaching architecture and been involved in research since 1984. Her courses focus on how people relate to spaces, how people relate to their housing environments, gender and racial issues in architecture and the application of environment-behavior research to design. Her courses stress social, psychological and environmental issues in architecture and architectural education. She seeks to develop more socially responsible designers and more environmentally responsible social scientists.

Her book Designing for Diversity: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Architectural Profession (U of Ill. Press, 2001) is based on surveys, interviews and archival data from over 400 architects. It highlights both the turmoils and triumphs of the profession, as it offers ways to make architecture a more diverse profession. Design Juries on Tiral: The Renaissance of the Design Studio (NY:Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1991) provides a guide for students to master the design jury and design studio both in school and in practice. Ms. Anthony was co-editor of Gender and Multiculturalism in Architectural Education, JAE (47:1, Sept 1993) . She was the co-designer and co-producer of an exhibit in the 1996 AIA National Convention. She is the author of Shattering the Glass Ceiling: The Role of Gender and Race in Architectural Profession.

Eleni Bastéa

Assistant professor at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning, Eleni Bastéa holds an M.Arch. and Ph.D. from Berkeley. Her research explores the development of modern Greece. In her book The Creation of Modern Athens: Planning the Myth and other publications, Bastéa demonstrates how architecture and planning became tools for the creation of a sense of Greek national identity.

Professor Bastea teaches World Architecture and Indigenous Cultures, a survey course on ancient architecture with a particular focus on the Mediterranean basin. As co-chair of a conference entitled "Linking Memory and Space", Eleni Bastea remarked "memory in the making, understanding and teaching of architecture provides the stage on which we enact our lives; memory creates a special relationship with space." She gave a lecture entitled "Between Home and Nation: Memories of Place in Modern Greece" at the conference Modern Greece and its Monuments at Yale University this past spring. She presented "Cartographies of History and Space: Reading Greek and Turkish Urban Novels" as part of a panel discussion on history and fiction at the Modern Greek Studies Association symposiom at Princeton in 1999.

Dolores Hayden

Dolores Hayden, urban historian and architect, is Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies at Yale University. Hayden has written extensively about the history of American urban landscapes and the politics of design. Her early books include Seven American Utopias: The Architecture of Communitarian Socialism, 1790-1975 (MIT Press, 1976); The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods, and Cities (MIT Press, 1981); and Redesigning the American Dream: The Future of Housing, Work, and Family Life (W.W. Norton, 1984, rev.ed., 2002).

As founder and president of The Power of Place, a non-profit arts and humanities group based in Los Angeles from 1984 to 1991, Hayden laid out a downtown itinerary to celebrate the historic landscape of the center of the city and its social diversity. Under her direction, collaborative projects on an African American midwife's homestead, a Latina garment workers' union headquarters and Japanese-American flower fields engaged citizens, historians, artists, and designers in examining and commemorating the working lives of ordinary citizens. The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History (The MIT Press, 1995), documents this work.

Currently Hayden is writing a new history of suburbs, Building American Suburbia: Green Fields and Growth Machines, 1820-2000.

Ananya Roy

Ananya Roy is Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches urban studies and development planning. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Urban Studies from Mills College and an M.C.P. and Ph.D. from Berkeley. Roy's forthcoming book A Requiem for the City: Gender and the Politics of Poverty (University of Minnesota Press) shows how the city is produced through the hegemonies of class and gender through the example of Calcutta. Roy will co-edit and contribute two pieces to Urban Informality in an Era of Liberalization: A Transnational Presence.

Roy's teaching commitments are located in both the undergraduate and graduate levels of the UC Berkeley City and Regional Planning curriculum. Her current undergraduate courses include Urbanization in Developing Countries and Housing: An International Survey. Her current graduate courses include Urban and Regional Development: Ideas and Practices and Qualitative Research Methods for Planners. Along with colleagues in the department and college, she is in the process of articulating an Urban Studies undergraduate major and developing a new college-wide course, The City as a curricular cornerstone of the new program.

Nasrine Seraji

Born in 1957 in Tehran, Nasrine Seraji studied at the Architectural Association in London before founding her own studio, Atelier Seraji, in Paris. Seraji won the competition for the Temporary American Center in Paris. Her design, a melange of concrete and patterned brick in contrasting tones incorporated 21 trees already on the site. Architect of the Pavilion of the Caverne du Dragon in the north of France, she is presently building housing complexes in Paris and in Austria while continuing to participate in a number of competitions.

Seraji has taught design in several architecture schools, including the AA in London and at Princeton University. She has also held visiting professorships at Columbia and Tulane Universities. Formerly director of the one of the two Meisterschule at the Akademie der Bildenden Kunste in Vienna, she is currently the Chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Seraji has exhibited widely, including at the Galerie d'Architecture in Paris, the Royal Institute of British Architects in London and the Venice Biennale. Her work and writings have been featured in publications around the world, and she has lectured extensively in the United States and Europe.

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