Mireille Roddier is an associate professor in the architecture program, which she originally joined as the 2001/02 Sanders Fellow. She shares a practice with Keith Mitnick, with whom she has worked since 1994. Their work has received numerous awards, including the Architecture League of New York’s Young Architects Prize and Architectural Record’s 2005 Design Vanguard. Their work has most recently been featured in Log and Mark Magazine. Their ongoing interest in the mechanisms and politics of representation has fueled their design practice as well as Roddier’s own research. She has lectured on the aestheticization of urban decay in the UK, Netherlands, Italy, and on various conference panels through out the US and Canada. Recent critical writings have appeared in the Architectural Review and Volume Magazine. In 2012, in collaboration with Anya Sirota + Akoaki, she co-founded the Metropolitan Observatory for Digital Culture and Representation (MODCaR), which organized ‘Imaging Detroit’, a documentary film festival/symposium that focused on the various representations of Detroit. ‘Imaging Detroit’ was included in the Institute for Urban Design curated exhibit “Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good”.
As the 2000 Gabriel Prize recipient, Roddier began to explore working-class public patrimony, a research which generated Lavoirs: Washhouses of Rural France (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2003) and has now expanded to 20th century industrial patrimony in both France and Detroit. In addition to core courses in the Architecture Program, she teaches theory and practicum in the Master of Science in Conservation program, which utilizes a comparative methodology between France and Michigan (cultural, economic, infrastructural) to question and determine appropriate ways of working on industrial heritage.