Lisa Haber-Thomson

Lecturer in Architecture

Part-time Director, Online Learning and Education

Area Head, History and Philosophy of Design and Media MDes area group

Lisa Haber-Thomson is an architectural historian and designer interested in interdisciplinary and inter-media translations.

My current research explores the relationships between architecture, territory, and law. I am at work on a book manuscript that takes a multifaceted approach to the history of carceral architecture across the 18th and 19th centuries. In parallel, I work on the architectural implications of contemporary law. Topics include federal habeas doctrine and Eighth Amendment conditions of confinement claims. My research has been generously supported by the Julia A. Appleton Traveling Fellowship in Architecture, the Frederick Sheldon Fund Traveling Fellowship, the Sir John Soane Foundation and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Coming to architecture with a background in experimental and nonfiction video, I teach studio and history courses with attention to the media and materials by which we work. I have a PhD in architectural history, a Masters in Architecture, and a Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard University. I have worked as an architect at Ateliers Jean Nouvel; as a video and sound editor for the Science Media Group; and as a freelance animator and sound designer. Continuing work in educational video production includes the pedagogical design and implementation of a GSD-EdX online course, The Architectural Imagination. I am currently playing a leadership role in the GSD’s Taskforce for Virtual Teaching.