Bonnie G. MacDougall

Bonnie G. MacDougall, a faculty member since 1980, is a cultural and architectural historian. She teaches cross-cultural graduate and undergraduate classes on architecture, culture, and society as well as specialized classes on the architectures of South Asia. She recently launched a digital collection of written works and images on South Asian architecture and landscape experience through University Libraries under grants from the offices of the President and the Provost — Beyond the Taj. She is a former Fulbright scholar, the former director of the Cornell South Asian Language and Area Center, and a recipient of the AAP Martin Dominguez Distinguished Teaching Award. She received her Ph.D. in 1973.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3402/5402 Architecture as a Cultural SystemWhat have been the major issues in the theory and practice of architectural design through time and across cultures, and how is aesthetic judgment related to more general systems of ordering within a particular society or group? This course draws on concepts, methods, and findings from the broad field of cultural anthropology to address these questions. Case studies and examples are drawn from a wide range of architectural traditions around the world for which there is significant ethnographic literature, with special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa, India, and the United States. Topics include the ideational and formal relationships between folk and monumental traditions in complex societies; the structure of the ideal social order and its refraction in the material world; cosmological models and architectural form; geometries of non-Western traditions; and the relationship between indigenization and culture change.
  • ARCH 3816 Indian Architecture and its Interpretation
  • ARCH 6819 East Meets West: Theorizing the VernacularThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of History of Architecture and Urbanism. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 6819 Architourism (with D. Medina Lasansky)This course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of History of Architecture and Urbanism. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award, Cornell (2006–08)
  • Faculty Grant for Digital Library Collections, Cornell (2004–06)
  • Martin Dominguez Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching, AAP, Cornell  (1998)
  • Cornell Dean of Students Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching, Office of the Dean of Students, Sorority and Fraternities Council (1998)
  • Senior Fulbright Hays Award (lecturing), University of Sri Lanka, Department of Sociology (Anthropology) (1979)

Publications (Selected)