lecture:Citizen/Architect, Dean Milton S.F. Curry

08/30/17 – 08/30/17, 6:00PM

  • Thursday, August 30, 2017
    – Wednesday, August 30, 2017
    Bovard Auditorium

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Milton S. F. Curry is Dean, Professor and Della and Harry Macdonald Chair at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Architecture, a position he has held since July, 2017. He was associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Planning from 2010 to 2017; a tenured associate professor of architecture and an affiliate faculty in the Department of Romance Literatures and Languages. Curry was project director of the Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis - a $1.3 million research initiative focused on urbanization in Mexico City, Detroit and Rio de Janeiro that supports post-graduate fellowships, research colloquia and courses, and is funded by the A. W. Mellon Foundation (2014-2018). He was the founder and director of the Michigan Architecture Prep architecture enrichment program for high school students in Detroit. He also served as director of Master of Science degrees from 2011-2014 and director of Master of Urban Design from 2011-2015. From 2015 - 2017, Curry led the college’s efforts on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion as DEI Implementation Lead. Professor Curry was associate professor of architecture at Cornell from 2002-2010; and assistant professor from 1995-2002. He has held teaching positions at Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1999 / 1991), and Arizona State University (1992-1995). Professor Curry has coordinated graduate and undergraduate design studios at all levels, and has taught theory-related seminars on architecture and cultural theory, urbanism and housing throughout his 24-year academic career. Professor Curry’s research and creative work insists upon frame-shifting from a paradigm of architectural autonomy to ‘architecture thinking’ as a unique way to integrate architecture with cultural theory. With a consistent interrogation of urbanism, modernity and racialized thinking, Professor Curry has amassed a body of work that sets out to imagine an ‘architecture race theory’. His writings and lectures, edited volumes and creative works address race as part of the project of modernity and thus interconnected to its philosophical and aesthetic underpinnings and imaginings - including modern architecture/urbanism, social constructions of identity, and notions of the enlightenment and egalitarianism. Professor Curry has participated in the intellectual work of creating double-blind peer-reviewed academic journals: In 1993, he co-founded Appendx Journal, and published four issues (each over 130 pages in length) between 1993-1999 - catalyzing a now vibrant interdisciplinary debate on the subject of architecture and race, sexuality, gender, national and cultural identity. In 2008 he founded CriticalProductive Journal, to focus on issues of architecture, urbanism and cultural theory; and published two issues in 2011 (V1.1: Theoretic Action) and 2013 (V2.1: Post-Capitalist City); with new issues forthcoming starting in 2018. Professor Curry lectures widely, is at work on two book manuscripts that explore architecture race theory and contemporary urbanism, and is at work on other creative projects. Lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are required. Parking is available on campus at the Downey Way Gate off 36th Place and Vermont Ave.