Professional Biography

I am an architect and scholar. I received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture degrees from the College of Environment Design at UC Berkeley. I am a licensed architect with over a dozen years of experience working on commercial, multi-family, and custom residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 1996 to 2007 I taught undergraduate studios as adjunct faculty in the architecture department at UC Berkeley. Since 2008, I have taught design and history and theory courses in a variety of educational environments in the Boston area. In 2013 I received a doctor of design degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design. I am currently a visiting scholar in the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley, where I am on the executive board of the Humanities and Social Sciences Association.

My research focuses on critical theorizations of issues affecting contemporary architectural practice. I have a particular interest in theories and practices of architecture and urbanism in the context of the politics of disability rights and identity in the US and EU. Using a critical humanities lens, my work examines architecture’s role in shaping categories of able and disabled, connecting it to discourses and practices of selfhood, agency, and citizenship. Combining architectural history and theory with conceptual approaches from disability studies, sociology of science and technology, and cultural geography, my scholarship on diverse embodiment provides new insights into a number of current architectural debates such as equity, identity, and the built environment, “the user,” and human-technology relations.

I have two forthcoming publications, including a chapter in an edited anthology Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place, out in March 2016, with imprint from Harvard University Press, and an article in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, about Team 10 architect Jaap Bakema’s design of a village for people with disabilities.

Other research projects include a paper presented at the annual Design History Society conference, in September 2015 at the California College of Arts titled “Future proofing the home, or aging, posthuman style,” which will become an article for a special issue of the journal Design and Culture that I was invited to guest edit. I am also working on a chapter for a forthcoming book from Routledge, Architecture, the Body, Science and Culture, edited by Kim Sexton.

I just co-organized a cross-institutional symposium at UC Berkeley on the groundbreaking topic of crowdsourcing in academic research. I am working on a paper about our findings from the event with the symposium co-organizers for the journal New Media & Society.

I have recently begun translating my theoretical work into a two-part design-research project called Representing Bodies/Critical Non-Compliance. This project uses disability and diverse embodiment as a resource for generating new design and teaching methods, formal innovation, and spatial experience.