In Honour of Andrew Levitt, celebrating the legacy of a Professor Emeritus dedicated to teaching on care, and with care.
Please join us for Horizontal pedagogies: nurturing culture, the second of five conversations on the theme of action, with speakers Jelisa Blumberg, Columbia University GSAPP, and Curry Hackett, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Their short presentations will be followed by a discussion moderated by Ozayr Saloojee, Carleton University, and Jaliya Fonseka, University of Waterloo.
Jelisa Blumberg is a transdisciplinary designer, with a focus on architecture and lighting design, based in Brooklyn, New York. Blumberg is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a core member of Dark Matter University. She holds a Masters of Architecture and a Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from The New School, Parsons School of Design, in New York along with a BFA in Design from the University of Texas at Austin. Jelisa has designed the lighting for various cultural projects in New York including a fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a leisure club and spa in Soho, a radio station in Chinatown, and an apartment gallery in the Lower East Side. Her emerging practice, Un–Other Practice, looks to transdisciplinary methods of design to enable networks of trust on community-driven projects. Most recently, Jelisa has co-initiated a project in Baltimore, Black Baltimore Digital Database, with artist Derrick Adams. Blumberg serves as the primary investigator for a recently awarded $1.25 million lead grant by the Mellon Foundation to build organizational capacity.
Curry Hackett is a transdisciplinary designer, public artist, and educator. His practice, Wayside, synthesizes cultural and ecological narratives to envision meaningful work in the public realm. Noteworthy projects include the Howard Theatre Walk of Fame, the DC High Water Mark project, and his ongoing research project, Drylongso, which explores relationships between Black material culture and land. Curry began his academic career in 2019 at his alma mater Howard University (Washington, DC) where he studied architecture. He has since taught at Yale University (New Haven, CT) and Carleton University (Ottawa, ON) in partnership with the anti-racist design justice school Dark Matter University.
Ozayr Saloojee is an Associate Professor of Architecture at Carleton University in Ottawa, where he is also cross appointed at the Institute for African Studies, affiliate faculty at Carleton’s Center for the Study of Islam and Chair of the M.Arch Program at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism. In 2021, he began a three year appointment as Associate Editor of Design for the Journal of Architectural Education. His teaching and creative practice links architecture, landscape architecture, and politically contested terrains. He maintains research interests in the art and architecture of the Islamic world, exploring questions of tradition, modernity and representation. Born rand raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Ozayr received his B.Arch and Post-Professional M.Arch II (Theory + Culture) from Carleton, and his Ph.D from the Bartlett School of Architecture in UCL.