Faiza Moatasim is Assistant Professor of Architecture in Urbanism and Urban Design at the USC School of Architecture. She specializes in history and theory of architecture and urban design, modern colonial and post-colonial architecture and urbanism, low-income housing and urban informality. Moatasim’s research explores how the agency of individuals and communities in shaping their urban built environments, using their personal resources and political connections, is integral to our understanding of the planning, functioning, and everyday lived experiences of cities around the world. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, American Institute of Pakistan Studies, Mellon Foundation, International Institute for Asian Studies, Teagle Foundation and Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies.
Alison B. Hirsch
Alison B. Hirsch, FAAR, is a landscape theorist, historian and designer. Both her design and written work focus on how understanding cultural practices and social histories and memories can (and should) contribute to the design of meaningful places. As Director of the Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program, Alison has established the Landscape Justice Initiative which serves as a platform to address questions of environmental, spatial and climate justice at local and systemic scales
Sascha Delz is an architect and researcher working at the intersection of architecture, urban design, and urban studies. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and a Doctor of Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich). Engaging with contemporary urbanization processes, his research focuses on how specific political-economic frameworks influence the manifestation of architecture, urban form and living environments. Addressing challenges of uneven development, asymmetric cooperation setups, and exclusive distribution of urban resources, he is particularly interested in advancing knowledge on more equitable and collaborative practices of urban production, as well as non-profit models of adequate and affordable housing.
Aroussiak Gabrielian is a scholar-practitioner working across the fields of Landscape Architecture and Media Arts. Her scholarship focuses on both materialist perspectives on the living world of landscape matter, and the practice of imaging and imagining landscape, addressing both landscape’s material and its representation. Aroussiak is currently working on a book manuscript emerging from her doctoral research, Near-Extinction Rituals, which aims to torque our imaginaries to help us re-think our interactions with both human and non-human agents on this planet.
Yo-ichiro Hakomori is a Design Principal at DesignARC – Los Angeles, and StudioHAU. DesignARC – Los Angeles is a multi-disciplinary design studio with a wide range of projects. Their work includes single and multi-family residential, small commercial, educational, and public – civic projects with work throughout the United States and parts of Asia. Hakomori received his Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Engineering in Architecture from the University of Tokyo.
Ginger Nolan is a historian and theorist of architecture and urbanism. Her scholarship examines intersections between nootechnologies, design aesthetics, and constructions of race. Before joining the University of Southern California, she held a postdoctoral fellowship at Basel University’s department of Urban Studies. She has also taught at Pratt Institute and the School of Visual Arts, and she was a teaching fellow at Columbia University’s Institute of Comparative Literature and Society. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, the Terra Foundation of American Art, and the Graham Foundation of Art and Architecture. She pursues collective forms of scholarship through her involvement with the Global Architecture History Theory Collaborative and with Aggregate’s Systems and the South group.
Dr. Trinidad Rico is the Director of Heritage Conservation and a Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. After holding positions at University College London in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, and Rutgers University, she was a fellow at the American Council of Learned Societies and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, as well as a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies of Stanford. Her research projects in Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, and South America use ethnographic, archival, and participatory methods to study heritage preservation practices and traditions in non-Eurocentric contexts.
Alex Robinson is a landscape architect, researcher, and scholar. His work seeks to reinvent our most consequential anthropogenic landscapes through collective authorship, multidisciplinary tools, and community engagement. As an Associate Professor in the Landscape Architecture + Urbanism program, he researches how civic infrastructure can function as landscape, exploring methods to re-envision ecological function and community value.
Marcos Sánchez teaches graduate and undergraduate studios as well as seminars in the history and theory of architecture at the University of Southern California. He has previously held teaching positions at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and Bergen School of Architecture in Norway. With Mark Wasiuta, Sánchez is partner in the office International House of Architecture (IHA). Their book, Environmental Communications: Contact High, forthcoming from Columbia University Press, is the first major survey of the prolific West Coast media collective, Environmental Communications. Sánchez’s work has been shown at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Istanbul Design Biennale, the New Museum of Contemporary Art and LAXArt Gallery in Los Angeles. Recent writing has appeared in the journals ArtLies and Domus as well as the edited collection Radical Pedagogies, forthcoming from MIT Press.
Trudi Sandmeier is an Associate Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University. She began teaching at USC in 2003 and since 2011 has served as a full-time faculty member and program director. Previously, from 2000 to 2011, she worked for the Los Angeles Conservancy, the largest local historic preservation non-profit in the U.S., holding the titles of Preservation Advocate, Broadway Initiative Coordinator, and Director of Education.
Vicenta Martinez Govea
Vicenta Martinez Govea is a second-year Master of Architecture student in the +2 program at the University of Southern California School of Architecture. She received her BA in Architecture and Ethnic Studies from the University of San Diego where she was a McNair Scholar studying the implication of race and segregation on spatial organization. She has continued engaging in academic research at the graduate level as a research assistant to both Ginger Nolan and Faiza Moatasim in their respective work in architecture theory and urbanism. She joined the Center for City Design to continue learning about exclusionary policies in the built environment and apply her skills within the field upon graduation.
Kelli Reitzfeld (Los Angeles, CA) is a third year Master of Architecture student at the University of Southern California, where she also studied Business Administration, Art History, and Public Policy in undergrad. Kelli’s research interest lies in the intersection between novel construction technologies and green materials. She joined the Center for City Design as a Research Assistant to obtain a deeper understanding of urbanism–her goal is to design passive 3D printed (+ transparent!) wood homes/buildings as a renewable, adaptable and socially / environmentally sustainable form of incremental housing.