Aarati Kanekar

Aarati K. Kanekar

Associate Professor

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Professional Summary

Dr. Aarati Kanekar has professional degree in architecture from CEPT, India, a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A., and a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech, U.S.A. Prof. Kanekar has been involved in teaching architecture theory and design studios in the graduate and doctoral program at DAAP, University of Cincinnati where she also served as the M.Arch. thesis coordinator, and the director and coordinator of the M.S.Arch. program. She has been the primary advisor and chair for over 250 graduate theses and dissertations. Her research focuses on issues of design formulation, more specifically representation & spatial construction of meaning, and morphological studies in inter-media translations. These explorations are reflected in her publications on topics ranging from issues of representation and drawings of Lebbeus Woods, Terragni's Danteum and translations of the Divine Comedy across media, spatiality in Calvino's novels, and game design. Prof. Kanekar has published numerous articles, essays, and encyclopedia entries. Her publications extend from architecture journals such as Perspecta and The Journal of Architecture to Literature and Philosophy journals such as TLE and Philosophica. Her book on translation and representation in architecture titled “Architecture's Pre-texts: Spaces of Translation” was published by Routledge in January 2015. She is currently working on spatiality in traditional Indian representations.

Prior to embarking on her doctoral studies, Prof. Kanekar has worked at the office of B.V. Doshi in India on large institutional projects (IIM, Bangalore and MPEB), and later at the National Institute of Design (NID) on conservation and tourism development projects in South India. She has also worked on post-war reconstruction and conservation projects in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Prof. Kanekar has been a recipient of the Fulbright fellowship, a three-time recipient of the Pogue Wheeler Award, the Doctoral Achievement Award, the ARCC/King Award for Architectural Research, the Aga Khan/MIT Fellowship, and the Aga Khan Travel Award. She was the International Special Faculty Advisor for India to the Provost and is part of the India Strategy Group for UC International.
 

Education

Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA, U.S.A., 2000 (Architecture Theory)

S.M. Arch. S, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 1992 (Architecture Studies)

Dipl. Architecture, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology Ahmedabad, India, 1989 (Architecture (Professional degree))

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

“Between Drawing and Building” in The Journal of Architecture, volume 15, issue 6 December 2010 (RIBA & Routledge) pp.771-794 .

“From Building to Poem and Back: The Danteum as a Study in the Projection of Meaning Across Symbolic Forms” in The Journal of Architecture, volume 10, issue 2 April 2005 (RIBA & Routledge) pp. 135-159 .

“Diagram and Metaphor in Design: The Divine Comedy as a Spatial Model,” in Special Issue of the Journal PHILOSOPHICA 2002: Diagrams and the Anthropology of Space, edited by Kenneth J. Knoespel, volume 69 (1) 2002 Vakgroep Wijsbegeerte en Moraalwetenschap (Ghent University, Belgium) pp. 37-58 .

“Metaphor in Morphic Language.” Proceedings of the 3rd International Space Syntax Symposium, Atlanta, 2001. pp. 22.1-22.16 .

“Shaping of Settlements: Temporal Events and Spatial Form in South Indian Temple Cities.” Proceedings of the ACSA International Conference 2000, Hong Kong. pp. 293-299 .

“Visualizing the Invisible: A Study of Narrative and Compositional Structure in Calvino’s Invisible Cities” in Contesting Absences: Exploring Unexamined Influences, Proceedings of ACSA ‘99 West Regional Meeting, Portland, Oregon. pp. 273-279 .

“Text and Discourse in 19th and 20th century Indian Architectural Studies” with Sonit Bafna in Constructing New Worlds, Proceedings of the ACSA ‘98 International Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, pp.345-348 .

“Seduction of Destruction” in the 2006 IASTE Working Paper Series Volume 191
Politics and the Production of Space, Center of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley, pp. 1063-1078 .

Invited Publications

Aarati Kanekar (2013. )“Detours in Autonomy” in Perspecta 46: Error (MIT Press, August 2013) pp. 262-283 .

Aarati Kanekar (2002. )“La Construction Spatiale Du Sens En Architecture: Un Projet Transdisciplinaire” in TLE (Théorie Littérature Enseignement), Paris. pp. 139-156 .

Aarati Kanekar (2018. )23/B: The Accidental Memory Collector .Domus India, Volume 7 (Issue 3 ),pp. 56-65

Published Books

Architecture’s Pre-texts: Spaces of Translation (Routledge, January 2015) .(Author)

Book Chapter

Aarati Kanekar (2019 )Fictional Sites of Architecture/Architectural Sites of Fiction Production Sites of Architecture .(pp. 147-164).NY and London,Routledge(Author)

Aarati Kanekar (2019 )Chimeric City: Mediations between the generic and the transient The Routledge Handbook of Translation and the City .Routledge(Author)

Encyclopedia Article

(12-2003. )High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture .New York, Routledge Publishers

(12-2003. )Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad; Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture .New York, Routledge Publishers

(12-2003. )Vidhan Bhavan (State Assembly), Bhopal; Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture .New York, Routledge Publishers

(12-2003. )National Assembly Building, Sher-e-Banglanagar, Dhaka; Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture .New York, Routledge Publishers

(12-2003. )Enterpreneurship Development Institute, Ahmadabad; Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Architecture .New York, Routledge Publishers

Presentations

Invited Presentations

Invited plenary speaker for International Conference on The Games of Architecture: Spatial Construction of Meaning in Architectural Design, School of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Greece, 2004 .

“Diagrams/Games/Design languages” invited presentation at the symposium on New Transatlantic Passages between French and American Theory at the Centre de Recherche sur la Littérature et la Cognition (CRLC), Université Paris Saint-Denis, 2002 .

Honors and Awards

2014 Pogue Wheeler Traveling Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, U.S.A. [$2000]

2012 Faculty Development Council, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, U.S.A. [$3775]

2009 University Research Council Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, U.S.A. [$8000]

2006 Pogue Wheeler Traveling Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, U.S.A. [$2000]

2006 University Research Council Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, U.S.A. [$14500]

2001 Pogue Wheeler Traveling Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, U.S.A.

2015 Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Fellowship (Teaching & Research), India

Student Advising

Mae Al-Ansari (Doctoral )Chair Status:Completed 10-2016

Kory Beighle (Doctoral )Chair Status:In Progress

Venus Akef Suleiman (Doctoral )Chair Status:Completed 03-2019

Rasha Al Tameemi (Doctoral )Chair Status:Completed 03-2019

Samah Abrahem (Doctoral )Chair Status:Completed 05-2018

Namtip Yamali (Doctoral )Chair Status:In Progress

Amy Latessa (Doctoral )Chair Status:Completed 04-2019

Muhammad Rahman (Doctoral )Chair Status:In Progress

Gulen Cevik (Doctoral )Co-Chair Status:Completed 05-2019

Samira Sarabandikachyani (Doctoral )Committee Member Status:In Progress

Weiqi Chu (Doctoral )Committee Member Status:In Progress

Positions and Work Experience

1986 - Architecture Intern, Stein, Doshi and Bhalla Associates, Ahmedabad, India,

1987 - Architecture Intern, Hans.P. + Ruedi Merkli Architects, Zurich, Switzerland ,

1989 -1990 Project Architect, National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, India ,

1991 - Conservation Architect, Prostar Stari Grad Mostar, Mostar, Bosnia,

1990 -1992 Research & Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts,

1994 -1995 Research & Teaching Assistant, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia,

1995 -2000 Curator & Archivist, Archival Center at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia,

1999 -2000 Instructor, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia,

2000 -2006 Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati,

2006 -To Present Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati,

Research and Practice Interests

  • Translations across Media
  • Morphological Studies
  • Contemporary Architectural Theory
  • Conservation in the International Context
  • Socio-cultural Approaches in Architecture

Courses Taught