Fallon Samuels Aidoo


Fallon Samuels Aidoo is an architectural historian of urban industrialization and post-industrial urbanism in the Americas. She teaches architectural and urban history from comparative and constructivist perspectives, drawing on social studies of the spatial sciences (e.g. planning, conservation, GIS) and infrastructural technologies (e.g. railways, roadways, waterways). Prior to joining the architectural history faculty of Northeastern University, where she offers a course on ‘networked urbanism,’ she taught the history and theory of architecture and planning in the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate design programs of Harvard University.

Currently completing a PhD in Urban Planning at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, she holds a master’s degree in architectural history from MIT (SMArchS), where she studied the construction and conservation of metropolitan infrastructure under historic preservation specialist John Ochsendorf. She began her career in heritage management as a structural engineer, following a Bachelors of Science in civil engineering at Columbia University and internships with the architecture divisions of HNTB, the NJ Highway Authority and DMJM Harris. Since, she has worked on Historic Structures Reports, Cultural Landscape Surveys, and Heritage Management Plans with the Smithsonian Institution’s Division of Architectural History and Historic Preservation, the Friends of the Afro-Antillean Museum of Panama and the (US) National Building Museum.

Supported by the Tobin Project, Volvo Research and Education Foundation, and the Hagley Center for the Study of Business, Technology and Society, her research currently concerns the role of nongovernmental bodies—particularly corporations, consultants, and communities—in sustaining transport sites and services. Her dissertation, a spatial history of consensus amongst urban integrationists and suburban environmentalists in postwar Philadelphia, informs her recent publications on the maintenance, repair and revitalization of railways in Rustbelt cities. Most recently, she is co-editor and a contributor to Spatializing Politics: Essays on Power and Place (Harvard University Press / Harvard Graduate School of Design, forthcoming 2015).

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