Curt Gambetta

Curt Gambetta is an architectural designer and historian with research interests in the history and politics of building materials, fieldwork in architecture, the spatial politics of waste, and modern South Asia. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism at Princeton University and is completing his dissertation, Mold House, Mud House, Marble House: an anthropology of substitution in postcolonial India. He was the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning (2011–2012) and a teaching fellow at Woodbury University in Los Angeles (2012–2013). He holds a B.A. in political science from Vassar College and an M.Arch. from Rice University.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural history
  • Architectural theory
  • Urbanism
  • History of building materials
  • Fieldwork in architecture
  • Waste infrastructure
  • Modern South Asia

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 4101/4102/5101/5115 Option studio, with Peter Van Assche
  • ARCH 3308/6308/4408/6408 Fieldwork in Architecture: methods, histories, sites

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Peter Reyner Banham Fellowship, University at Buffalo (2011–2012)
  • Fulbright Nehru grant (2018–2019)
  • SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2018–2019)
  • American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellowship (2019–2020)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Office Light, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas (2011–2012)
  • The Assembly of Trash, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2012)
  • Liquid Landscapes, with Mario Gandelsonas, São Paulo Architecture Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil (2019)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Throwaway Houses: Garbage Housing and the politics of ownership" in The Culture of Nature in the History of Design, edited by Kjetil Fallan, Routledge (2019)
  • "Authoring Materials" in Discourse 1, ed. Monica Ponce De Leon, Princeton University Press (2019)
  • "Material Movement: Cement and the Globalization of Material Technologies" in Scapegoat Issue 2: Materialism (2011)
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