HAUD Student Profiles

Salvatore Dellaria

Salvatore Dellaria is a Ph.D. candidate researching intersections of architecture, urban planning, and public policy in postwar Britain, focusing primarily on narratives of welfare-state idealism. His dissertation, titled "The Housing of Politics in Capitalist Britain," examines the Runcorn New Town (near Liverpool) and the Southgate Estate, its flagship housing project designed by James Stirling, as case studies. The work challenges existing accounts of this period by suggesting that the architecture of the welfare state was supported more strongly by bottom-up rather than by top-down visions of social wellbeing. His master’s degrees are in the history of architecture and in design criticism, from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and from the University of Illinois in Chicago, respectively. His bachelor’s degree is in urban planning and public affairs. His committee members are Esra Akcan (architecture), Thomas J. Campanella (city and regional planning), Geoffrey Carter W. Waite (comparative literature), and Anthony Vidler (architecture).

Email: sad262@cornell.edu


Athanasiou Geolas

Athanasiou Geolas is a Ph.D. Candidate in the history of architecture at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Trained at Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, he has practiced architecture with archaeologists, academics, architects, and the city of New York. His research and teaching interrogate site-specific interactions between well-mannered bodies, unwieldy institutions, and paper documents. In his dissertation, "The Architect and the Home Economist," he explores the theoretical and methodological impact of cultural embodiment on the rise of professionalism c.1916. Exploring a dissertation chapter as a fashion history exhibition, Athan curated Standards for a New Womanhood: Gender, Race, & Expertise as a Charlotte A. Jirousek Research Fellow. His committee members are D. Medina Lasansky (HAUD), Lily Chi (architecture), and Rachel Prentice (STS).

Email: ajg355@cornell.edu


Aslihan Gunhan

Aslihan Gunhan is a Ph.D. candidate whose research investigates the histories of modernity in the late Ottoman Empire with questions of migration, dispossession, and violence. Her dissertation project, "Displaced Modernities: The Ottoman Empire, Turkey and the Specters of Armenian Architects," is an architectural study of the displacement of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire, their silenced legacy in the built environment, and the contested modernity in Turkey which crafts a legal basis for the confiscation of properties, dispossession of ex-citizens and bureaucracy of denial. Gunhan’s work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC IDRF), the Fulbright Program, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Einaudi Center, and Society for the Humanities. She received her B.Arch. and M.Arch. degrees from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She serves on the SAH Graduate Student Advisory Committee and previously held a research position at MoMA and teaching positions at Cornell and Middle East Technical University (METU). At Cornell, she is working with Esra Akcan (architecture), Mostafa Minawi (history), and Iftikhar Dadi (history of art). 

Email: ag2322@cornell.edu


Labib Hossain

Labib Hossain is a Ph.D. candidate in history of architecture and urban development at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. His dissertation explores the discourse of "contained waters" in the making of "dry" and modern Dacca and how it was brought about through a series of colonial practices, interventions, and interactions. Hossain's other research interests include land-water separation in colonial Bengal, archival practices in the dynamic landscape, and representation of water in South Asia. Prior to Cornell, Hossain graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and worked as a lecturer at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. At Cornell, he is working with Jeremy Foster (architecture), Robert Travers (history), and Iftikhar Dadi (history of art).

Email: lh636@cornell.edu


Gökhan Kodalak

Gökhan Kodalak is an architect; the founding partner of the award-winning architectural design office, Aboutblank; a theorist, currently teaching architectural theory as a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York; and a historian, currently working on a dissertation titled "Spinoza and Architecture: Uncovering Latent Potencies of a Missed Encounter." His research addresses intricate problems at the nexus of architecture and philosophy, ecology and aesthetics, and radical politics. Kodalak's work was recently published in Spinoza's Philosophy of Ratio (Edinburgh University Press, 2018), Deleuze Studies journal, Interstices, and Footprint. His research has received awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Canadian Centre for Architecture; he has lectured in Berlin, Ghent, Stockholm, Aberdeen, and Istanbul; and his design work has been exhibited in Antalya, Turkey; Plovdiv, Bulgaria; and New York City. At Cornell University, he works with Esra Akcan (architecture), Geoffrey Waite (German studies and comparative literature), and Amanda Goldstein (English).

Email: gk349@cornell.edu


Eun-Jeong Kimt

Eun-Jeong's research at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York revolves around the postwar history of architecture in South Korea developed through the growing exchange of people, information, ideas, images, and technologies. Focusing on the spaces of dwelling, she explores the specific constellations of the political, cultural, and economic entanglements between Korea, Japan, and the United States to understand the implications and repercussions of the changes in the spaces of dwelling on the everyday lives in both cities and countrysides. Eun-Jeong earned a bachelor of architecture from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, and a master of arts in preservation studies from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. Before Cornell, she practiced architectural conservation in Budapest, Hungary, and worked as an assistant researcher in the Architecture and Urban Research Institute, South Korea. At Cornell, her advisors are Esra Akcan (history of architecture and urbanism), Iftikhar Dadi (history of art and visual studies), and Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió (architecture).

Email: ek698@cornell.edu


Michael Moynihan

Michael Moynihan's research focuses on the intertwined relationship between economic and environmental governance in the 1970s and broader questions about politics, technology, and expertise in architectural practice. His dissertation, "All Systems Go: Experts, Architects, and System-Cybernetic Governance, 1973–1982" examines the role architects played in shaping early computationally-driven government policy in Latin America. His research has received awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Canadian Centre for Architecture. Prior to Cornell University, Michael received a master's degree from The Bartlett, University College London, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado–Boulder. At Cornell, he is working with Esra Akcan (architecture), Raymond B. Craib (Latin American history), and Thomas J. Campanella (city and regional planning).

Email: mm2858@cornell.edu


Whitten Overby

Whitten Overby is a historian of the built environment who uses film and televisual representations of buildings, cities, and landscapes to question the ways we inhabit our earth. His dissertation project, titled "Los Angeles: Capital, Automobility, Ocularcentrism, and Gentrification of an American City in the Anthropocene," examines the political, economic, and ecological crises facing Los Angeles from the recent past through the present using popular mediations of the city to trouble how Angelenos have treated their city. D. Medina Lasansky (architecture), Amy Villarejo (performing and media arts), Nick Salvato (performing and media arts), and Chris Garces (anthropologist at Universidad de Cuenca and FLACSO–Ecuador) compose his special committee.

Email: wo44@cornell.edu


Ana Ozaki

Ana Ozaki's dissertation, "New Brazils in Africa: Architecture, Race, and Climate in the Brazilian Atlantic (1910–1974)," aims at confronting the inadequacies of area studies that disregard Brazil's historical connections to Africa and the intellectual contributions by Afro-Brazilians to Brazil's architectural history. Centered in Brazil's construction of an architectural ideal for the rest of the tropics, her dissertation investigates the complex ways race has interfered in architectural understandings of climate in Brazil and its 20th-century translations in Nigeria, Angola, and Mozambique. Before coming to Cornell, Ozaki worked as an architect in Brazil and has taught courses at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, Universidade Positivo, Curitiba, Brazil, and Barnard College, New York City, New York. Ozaki holds a B.Arch. and a B.F.A. from Parana's Federal University, Curitiba, Paraná and the School of Music and Fine Arts, respectively, and an M.Sc.Arch. and an M.C.P. from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. At Cornell, Ozaki works with Esra Akcan (architecture), Raymond Craib (history), Salah Hassan (Africana studies), and Samia Henni (architecture).

Email: ago32@cornell.edu


Maria Luisa Palumbo

Architect and senior fellow at the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, Toronto, Ontario, Maria Luisa Palumbo is a member of the Italian National Institute of Architecture in Rome, Italy. Her research focus is on architectural theory as a practice of social engagement, to question and promote notions of justice, ecology, and democracy. She is the author of New Wombs: Electronic Bodies and Architectural Disorder (Birkhauser, 2000) and Paesaggi Sensibili. Architetture a sostegno della vita (Duepunti, 2012); and the editor of Architettura Produttiva (Maggioli, 2012), Laboratorio Roma (Aracne 2016), Fare Città nella Città (Aracne 2017), and Rigenerare con gli Abitanti (Aracne 2020). In 2012, she curated reMade in Italy, the final section of the Italian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture, with Luca Zevi as the main curator of the exhibition Italian Architecture, from Adriano Olivetti to the Green Economy. In 2021 she curated "Towards Intersectional Justice", a two-day online event for the Ecoweek NGO. Her committee members are Samia Henni (architecture), Begüm Adalet (government), and Esra Akcan (architecture).

Email: mp958@cornell.edu


Sergio Preston

Sergio Preston’s dissertation analyzes the tensions, resistances, compromises, and reconciliations that arise between queer families — of varying configurations — in relation to their homes — of varying configurations, especially during the mid 20th century in Europe and America. His essay “Writing Post-Colonial Spatial Subjects: Reading Gorée Island through Frantz Fanon.” TEXT Journal (2019) looks at the intersection of writing and built space for methods of performing post-colonial architectural histories. He has a master's degree in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado, and a B.A. from St. John's College. At Cornell, Preston is working with Esra Akcan (architecture), Tracy McNulty (romance studies), and Riley Snorton (Africana studies).

Email: svp32@cornell.edu


Ecem Sarıçayır

Ecem Sarıçayır's research interests revolve around urban spaces that are marked by conflictual and political claims. Proposing a methodology that stems from architectural and artistic practices for reading in-between spaces, her thesis examines border spaces of geographies with ongoing conflict through a series of transnational case studies. She won the Hrant Dink Travel Grant to Armenia for her master's research on border spaces. Sarıçayır graduated with a degree in architecture from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, and she participated in a one-year exchange program at Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany. Prior to Cornell, she worked as an architect, assisted Inci Eviner for architectural installations in the 13th Istanbul Biennial, and recently participated in an exhibition in BAK, as part of Co-Action Device. She was awarded the Salt Research Fund in the name of Mehmet Bozdoğan in 2017. Her committee is Esra Akcan (architecture), Mostafa Minawi (history), and Lori Khatchadourian (anthropology and near eastern studies).

Email: es939@cornell.edu


Priyanka Sen

Priyanka Sen is a first-year Ph.D. student in the HAUD program. Her research approach employs a critical methodology that examines the historical consequences stemming from the racialization of the built environment at differing scales, including the body, building, city, and landscape. She investigates architectural intersections of spatial geographies, institutionalized inequalities, and their related mediatization in a contemporary American context. Sen's prior teaching experience includes undergraduate studios in architecture and interior design at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. She has also worked as a designer at architecture firms across the U.S., including in Boston, Massachusetts; Cincinnati, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Portland, Oregon. She received a People's Liberty Project Grant in 2018 that aimed to visually deconstruct the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher process in Cincinnati as a way to address the disconnect between the city's bureaucratic institutions and the individuals they serve. Sen holds an M.Arch. from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, an M.A. in architectural history and theory from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, and a B.A. in art history and architectural studies from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Email: ps2242@cornell.edu


Asya Ece Uzmay

Asya Ece Uzmay is a Ph.D. student in history of architecture and urban development. Her research engages architectural history with the history of environment and medicine through looking at how architectural/infrastructural places of healing and waste have been shaped by techno-policies. Prior to Cornell University, she participated in several exhibitions at the SALT Research Institute, held a teaching position at Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey, and worked as a researcher at the Istanbul Studies Center on data visualization, interactive mapping, and processing of historical and contemporary urban data. She received a master’s degree from the architecture and urban studies program, Kadir Has University, and B.Arch from Istanbul Technical University. Her advisor is Esra Akcan (architecture).

Email: au98@cornell.edu


Qianye Yu

Qianye Yu is a Ph.D. student in the HAUD program at Cornell University. Her research addresses China's early architectural endeavors in newly independent African countries, through which the Chinese revolutionary idealism/doctrine was exported. Overall, her interest is in how political ideologies — colonialism, nationalism, and internationalism, have operated, intertwined, and taken shape as architectural phenomena. Prior to Cornell, she was an assistant architect at Nanjing University's Institute of Architecture Design and Planning and worked on several conservation projects in the New York metropolitan area. She obtained her B.Arch. from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from GSAPP, Columbia University, New York City, New York, with her thesis "A Room of Her Own: Housing for New York's Working Women, 1875–1930."

Email: qy238@cornell.edu





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