Anca Trandafirescu, associate professor of architecture, has been named a 2022-23 Institute for the Humanities Faculty Fellow. The Institute for the Humanities was founded in 1987 to promote interdisciplinary research in the arts and humanities. The institute forms an intellectual community of faculty and graduate student fellows who spend an academic year in residence to focus on their research and participate in cross-disciplinary seminars.
Trandafirescu will spend September 1 to May 31 as a fellow pursuing her research titled “Constructed Revisionism: The Monumental Potentials of Past Mistakes.” Across the world, monuments are torn down and cast away as if they never existed. Trandafirescu’s work asks what is lost when we choose to forget who we once were and what should be done with the monuments around us that no longer represent our collective memory. In addition to her research and participating in the weekly seminar, she will present a lecture in the Institute for the Humanities’ FellowSpeak series.
Trandafirescu, along with partner Glenn Wilcox, established the research-based creative practice, area.architecture. The practice explores a breadth of design issues through speculative activities, competitions, commissioned projects, and design/build work with subject particularly focused on the combination of interests in public access, material experimentation, and digital fabrication. They have received notable recognitions from Architect Magazine R+D Awards (c_LITH: Carbon Fiber Architectural Units); Architizer A+ Awards (Flying Carpet); Huron Valley AIA (Flying Carpet); ACSA Faculty Design Award (HOT AIR); TEX-FAB Repeat Competition; Young Architect’s Forum 10up Atlanta Competition; 99K House Competition. Trandafirescu held the Muschenheim Fellowship at the University of Michigan Taubman College. She has a B.Arch. from Temple University and an M.Arch. from The Bartlett, University College London. Trandafirescu is a registered architect in NY.