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Milton S. F. Curry

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Milton S. F. Curry is associate dean for academic affairs and strategic initiatives at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Planning - a position he has held since 2010. He holds a tenured associate professor faculty appointment in the Architecture Program, and an affiliate appointment in the Department of Romance Literatures and Languages. During his tenure as associate dean, Curry developed and is a project director of the Michigan/Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis - a $1.3 million research initiative focused on urbanization in Mexico City, Detroit and Rio de Janeiro that supports post-graduate fellowships, research colloquia and courses, and is funded by the A. W. Mellon Foundation (2014-2018). He is director of Michigan Architecture Prep architecture enrichment program for high school students in Detroit; he served as director of Master of Science degrees from 2011-2014 and director of Master of Urban Design from 2011-2015. Since 2015, Curry has led the college’s efforts on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion - culminating in an historic College Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - adopted by the college in 2016. In his role as associate dean, Curry has raised over $1.8 million in research funds for college-related initiatives.

Professor Curry has held teaching positions at Cornell University (1995-2010), Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1999/1991), and Arizona State University (1992-1995). Professor Curry has coordinated graduate and undergraduate design studios at all levels, and has taught theory-related seminars on architecture and cultural theory, urbanism and housing throughout his 25-year teaching career.  Professor Curry’s research and creative work insists upon frame-shifting from a paradigm of architectural autonomy to ‘architecture thinking’ as a unique way to integrate architecture with cultural theory. With a consistent interrogation of urbanism, modernity and racialized thinking, Professor Curry has amassed a body of work that sets out to imagine an ‘architecture race theory’. His writings and lectures, edited volumes and creative works address race as part of the project of modernity and thus interconnected to its philosophical and aesthetic underpinnings and imaginings - including modern architecture/urbanism, social constructions of identity, and notions of the enlightenment and egalitarianism. Professor Curry has participated in the intellectual work of creating double-blind peer-reviewed academic journals - in 1993 and again in 2008. In 1993, Professor Curry co-founded Appendx Journal, and published four issues (each over 130 pages in length) between 1993-1999 -catalyzing a now vibrant interdisciplinary debate on the subject of architecture and race, sexuality, gender, national and cultural identity. In 2008 he founded CriticalProductive Journal, to focus on issues of architecture, urbanism and cultural theory; and published two issues in 2011 (V1.1: Theoretic Action) and 2013 (V2.1: Post-Capitalist City); a new design and new issues are coming beginning in Autumn 2017. Professor Curry lectures widely, is at work on two book manuscripts that explore architecture race theory and contemporary urbanism, and is at work on other creative projects.