Design without Designers
The secret of architecture school is that very little of architecture is designed by architects. Instead, architecture is shaped by forces invisible and sometimes unknowable. How can we reveal these hidden agendas behind the spaces we occupy? Assistant Professors Jana Cephas and Sara Jensen Carr will share their work in a joint lecture to show the many ways that social, environmental, and historical systems shape buildings and landscapes and how, in turn, the built environment shapes people.
Jana Cephas holds a PhD in History of Architecture and Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Detroit, Mercy, with a focus on Urban Design and Community Design. Her work explores the history and theory of urbanism (1800 to the present) with a focus on urban design, preservation planning, technology, and social and spatial justice. Since 2015, Jana has held a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Michigan, Michigan Society of Fellows, where she is also appointed as an Assistant Professor. She has taught previously at Harvard, Northeastern, and the University of Detroit, Mercy. She is currently completing a book, Fordism and the City: How an Industrial Aesthetic Shaped Detroit and the Urban Imaginary.
Sara Jensen Carr holds a PhD in Environmental Planning and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Tulane University. She practiced professionally in New Orleans, both before and after Hurricane Katrina, an experience that spurred her interest in design for social and physical resilience. Her work explores the intersections of public health and the urban realm, with an approach that encompasses ecology, economy, technology, and social systems from macro to micro scales. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and she has taught previously at the University of California, Berkeley.