Taubman College

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Teaching Areas:

  • Architectural Design
  • Energy Infrastructures
  • Urban and Geographic Theory

Rania Ghosn is Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. At the confluence of architecture and geography, her scholarship investigates infrastructures, in particular those of energy, to reframe contemporary debates on the urban question.

Rania holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master in Geography from University College London, and a Bachelor of Architecture from American University of Beirut. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled Geographies of Energy: The Case of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline, explores social and spatial transformations of regions as they are incorporated into systems of energy, looking specifically at the case of an oil transport infrastructure across the Middle East. Prior to joining Taubman College, Rania was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Boston University where she co-organized the Sawyer Seminar Series on Energy and Society. She has also held teaching positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, American University of Beirut, and the Lebanese American University.

Rania is founding editor of the journal New Geographies that focuses on contemporary issues of urbanism and architecture and is editor-in-chief of its third issue Landscapes of Energy (2010). The edited collection spatializes systems of energy to critically examine visions of sustainable futures. Her writings have been published in GSD Platform, Thresholds, Bracket, and Perspecta.

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