Tao DuFour

Tao DuFour's work explores the overlaps between architecture, anthropology, and philosophy, building on his doctoral research on the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl. His current research is concerned with the question of architecture's embeddedness in global environmental histories, specifically in post-colonial and late socialist contexts with a focus on Cuba. He is working on a collaborative documentary film project on housing and urban environmentality in Havana. DuFour was the architecture fellow at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture at the British School at Rome. He holds a doctor of philosophy and philosophiae magister in the history and philosophy of architecture from Cambridge University, England; and a bachelor of architecture from The Cooper Union. DuFour is a registered architect in the U.K. (RIBA), where he worked at Eric Parry Architects. He has exhibited work in New York City, Rome, Toronto, Cambridge, and Milwaukee; at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and the Bibliowicz Family Gallery at Cornell University; and most recently with Iulia Statica at the exhibition of the shortlisted projects for the Romanian Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale in Architecture in Bucharest. He is currently working on a book titled Husserl and Architecture: Toward a Phenomenological Ethnography of Space.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 2101 Design IIIStudents develop an understanding of context and precedent in the construction of architectural form, and are introduced to contextual and programmatic densities in addition to circulatory, spatial, and organizational strategies in the design process.
  • ARCH 4101/4102/5101/5116/8913 Option Studio: Raw Nature/Cooked Nature IAdvanced programs in architectural design, with options including, but not limited to, urban design, architectural technology, computational design, ecology, culture, and representation.
  • ARCH 5402 Architecture, Culture, and SocietySocial and cultural values are both reflected in buildings, landscapes, and cities, and constructed by them. At the same time, this articulation of people and built environments is framed by general socio-economic and political systems of ordering that often transcend locale. This course explores how these complexities might impact design practice, drawing on concepts and methods from disciplines such as anthropology, geography and cultural studies, as well as architectural history and theory, and referring to examples from around the world. 
  • ARCH 5511 Constructed Drawing IFocuses on bridging hand drawing and sketching with digital representation as vehicles for design thinking and perception. Observational, analytical, and transformational exercises develop creative proficiency in freehand line drawing and orthographic projection as well as computational thinking.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Architecture Fellowship, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (2013)
  • Rome Prize in Architecture, The British School at Rome (2012)
  • Overseas Research Scholarship Award, Cambridge University (2006)
  • Prince of Wales Chevening Scholarship, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust (2003)
  • Honor Grant, Eleanor Allwork Scholarship, AIA NY Chapter (2001)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London (2014)
  • Fabricating Wilderness, Architecture Fellow Exhibition, SARUP/UWM (2014)
  • Spring Mostra, The British School at Rome (2013)

Publications (Selected)

  • Colonnofagia and the Dissolution of the Wall: Projecting Piranesi's Rome (2014)