Architecture Job Talk - Jana Cephas
Jana Cephas is a designer and researcher focusing on the relationships between urban landscapes and emergent subjectivities. She received a Ph.D. from Harvard University where she analyzed the agonism structuring Fordism and urbanization in early twentieth-century Detroit by examining metaphors associating working (class) bodies, modern buildings, and efficient machines. Prior to her doctoral studies, Jana was a Design and Research Fellow at the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, where she designed and managed building projects for low-income communities. More recently, she served as the Editorial Director for Positions: On Modern Architecture + Urbanism / Histories + Theories and was the 2011 Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Jana is currently Lecturer of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jana’s urban design work builds upon these themes by integrating scholarship and practice to produce innovative and lively urban spaces, such as the St. Joseph Rebuild Center, a disaster recovery center in New Orleans that was awarded a 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence and the 2009 NCARB Prize for the Creative Integration of Practice and Education.