Specialization: Design Studies
Advisor: Prof. Joy Knoblauch
Irene Brisson is a designer and educator invested in the study and implementation of equitable community-led design processes. Her current doctoral research is investigating the translation and documentation of spatial discourse and tacit knowledge of end-users in development projects in Haiti. As a co-founder of FAARM (Focus on Architecture, Research & Making) she has headed architectural design teams in southern Haiti since 2010, as well as consulting for urban planning firm SODADE in Port-au-Prince. This interdisciplinary work has informed her forthcoming co-edited volume, Architectural Reader: Ground Rules for Humanitarian Design (Wiley, 2015). Her professional work also includes interior design with Ann Beha Architects at the Carl A. Fields Center, Princeton University and the Cambridge Public Library. Other on-going research interests include the intersections of dance and movement practices with architecture, gender politics in public space, site specific performance and installations, and notation of performative events. She holds a S.B. in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Masters of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation & Planning. She has taught in the architecture departments at Parsons the New School for Design and Bowling Green State University.