CANCELLED: Achille Mbembe in conversation with Joshua Comaroff and John May
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Joshua Comaroff, MArch ’01, MLA ’01, is Assistant Professor in Social Sciences at Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Comaroff studied literature and creative writing at Amherst College before joining the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programs at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he worked as part of Rem Koolhaas’ Harvard Project on the City. In 2009, Comaroff completed a PhD in cultural geography at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), writing on the subject of haunted landscapes and urban memory in Singapore. He has published writing about architecture, urbanism, and politics, with an Asian focus. His articles have been published in Public Culture, Cultural Geographies, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, CITY, and elsewhere. He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Design Magazine.
Together with his partner, Ms Ong Ker-Shing, Comaroff oversees Lekker Architects, a multidisciplinary design practice in Singapore. Comaroff works across a broad creative spectrum, with a special emphasis on design for the arts, for children, and for seniors. He is the recipient of Singapore’s President’s Design Award, and Harvard’s Wheelwright Travelling Fellowship. Together with Ms Ong, he is the author of Horror in Architecture.
John May, MARch ’02, RAE ’10, is founding partner, with Zeina Koreitem, in MILLIØNS, an award-winning, Los Angeles-based design practice, and assistant professor of architecture at the Harvard Graduate school of design, where he served as director of the Master in Design Studies program from 2015-2020. Recently selected as the winner of an international competition to reimagine the east wing of I.M. Pei’s Everson Musum, in Syracuse, NY, MILLIØNS’ work includes completed and ongoing projects in California, New York, Germany, and in the 2020 Taipei Biennial. May is the author of Signal. Image. Architecture. (Columbia, 2019) and co-editor, with Zeynep Çelik Alexander, of Design Technics: Archaeologies of Architectural Practice (Minnesota, 2020). May previously taught at MIT, UCLA, SCI-Arc, the University of Toronto, and served as D. Kenneth Sargent Visiting Professor at Syracuse University, and National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Professor in Architecture at Rice University.
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