Research for my year at the Institute for Ideas and Imagination: the role of climatic thought within Soviet architecture, as nationality, environment, territory, and politics came together in defining an architecture that would serve “one-sixth of the world” and its attendant environmental variability. This will be a work of historical scholarship—grounded in the close reading of a series of proposed and built projects— that places architecture in dialogue with political philosophy, science fiction, anthropology, and agricultural research.
Book manuscript in revision: The Psychotechnical Architect: Perception, Vocation, and the Laboratory Culture of Modernism, 1914–1945. With episodes in the Soviet Union, Germany, and the United States, it looks at how architectural pedagogy and practice engaged with applied psychology and rehabilitation to redefine what it meant to be a modern architect, through figures like László Moholy-Nagy, Nikolai Ladovsky, Fritz Giese, Hugo Münsterberg, and Robert Sommer, among others. The project received the Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation writing from the Graham Foundation in 2017, as well as research support from the Council for European Studies.
Other ongoing research includes a project on the history (and historicizing) of coal in Appalachia, as it takes form in coal museums, exhibition mines, environmental traces, and other cultural documents. Tentatively titled Extracts (from an Architectural History of Appalachian Coal), this work is currently taking shape in a series of essays for various books and journals.