If you didn’t have a chance to get to see Vandana Baweja speak when she gave her OKUM fellow candidate’s lecuter, don’t worry- you’ll have all of next year. Ms. Baweja was awarded the fellowship, which will bring her to Oberlin next year to teach two classes, “The History of Sustainable Architecture” and “The Cities and Architectures of Empires.” More about the Fellow from art dept. co-chair Erik Inglis:
Ms. Baweja is completing her doctorate in architectural history at the University of Michigan; her dissertation is titled “A Pre-History of Green Architecture: Otto Koenigsberger and Tropical Architecture, from Princely Mysore to Post-Colonial London.” She began her educaion at the Sushant School of Art and Architecture in India, receiving an Undergraduate Diploma in Architecture in 1993, then moved to London, where she got an M.A. in Histories and Theories of Architecture from the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, London, UK.
The course descriptions for Ms. Baweja’s courses are as follows.
History of Sustainable Architecture: Addressing the intersecting histories of environmentalism and of
architecture, this course examines the contested origins of environmentalism as a global movement and environmentalism’s impact on architecture. The readings stress synchronic developments around the
world, weaving them into a cross-cultural enquiry of architectural environmentalism. This course has four chronological sections: the pre-history of environmental thinking; Silent Spring and the counter culture of the 1960’s; the 70’s energy crises; and the discourse of sustainability.
Cities and Architecture of Empires: This course addresses the architectural and urban transformations in the Indian sub-continent, Africa, and South-East Asia, that resulted from culture contact with the British and French Empires. The course will encourage students to examine how histories of architecture and urbanism intersect with histories of colonialism. The central question addressed will be, “How does the built environment illuminate colonial and post-colonial representations of colonialism, and inversely, how has colonialism produced new forms of architecture and urbanism?”