JANUARY 2020 DEI SPOTLIGHT
Name: Kathy Velikov
Preferred Pronoun: She/Her/Hers
Affiliation/Title: Associate Professor of Architecture
Degree(s): Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Architecture, Master of Art
Home Country: Canada
Language(s) Spoken: English, French
Gender Identity: Female
Favorite food: Cheese, Seafood (but not together)
Favorite book and why: My favorite for the past two years has been Donna Haraway’s Staying With the Trouble. Her words and ideas keep finding their way across my thinking and approach.
Favorite thing to do when not at TC: Experiment with recipes, eat with friends, read, travel to explore new cities, cultures, and landscapes.
DEI Contribution/Highlight: In my teaching I work with my students to grapple with the complicatedness and messiness of otherness through design – recent examples include studios situated within contexts of urban inequality and environmental violence at the US-Mexico border, to housing for communal living, or housing designed for intertwined cohabitation with nonhumans. I aim to create a learning environment that is open, welcoming, respectful, discursive, and try to support collaborative group work and peer-to-peer learning so that we can cultivate practices of co-creation and sharing ideas with others.
Why is diversity, equity, and inclusion important to you? Because it is all too clear and wholly undesirable what homogeneity, inequity, and exclusion have so far created for society and for everything else on the planet.