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El Hadi Jazairy

Associate Professor of Architecture

El Hadi Jazairy is an associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He is a licensed architect and a founding partner of Design Earth, a research-based practice engaged in the relationships between design and geography. His research addresses the agency of design in requalifying the urban question at a territorial scale. At the intersection of mapping, technology, and politics, he investigates in particular spaces of exception—such as camps, campuses, free zones, and city-states—as significant forms of contemporary urbanization. Jazairy is the co-author of Geographies of Trash (New York: Actar, 2015), which focuses on reclaiming the role of forms, technologies, economies, and logistics of the waste-system disposal in the production of new aesthetics and politics of urbanism. In addition, he is a founding editor of New Geographies, a journal that focuses on contemporary issues of large-scale environments, and editor-in-chief of New Geographies 4: Scales of the Earth (Harvard University Press, 2011). His writings have been published in the Journal of Cultural Geography, MONU, San Rocco, and the Journal of Architectural Education. Jazairy’s professional practice has received the Europan 6 award and the Regle d’Or de l’Urbanisme. Prior to joining Taubman College, Jazairy was a lecturer in architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a postdoctoral fellow in urban planning and design at Harvard University.

He holds a Doctorate of Design from Harvard University, a Master of Architecture from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from La Cambre in Brussels.