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Wed 04.20.2016

Exploring the Past, Defining the Future: The History of Social Science and Architecture


When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20

Where: At The Center   

This program will focus on the history of social science and architecture collaborations: where the disciplines have intersected in the past, changes in this relationship over time, and explorations of the future. Panelists will address the evolution of these two disciplines over time - prehistory, early architectural history, modern architecture, and contemporary theory - in order to inform and inspire the future of our profession and the work of the AIANY Social Science Research and Architecture Committee.

David Chapin, Architect; Environmental Psychologist, CUNY
Ingrid Erickson, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science, Rutgers University
Richard Wener, Professor of Environmental Psychology, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, Urban Anthropologist, City ID

Moderator: Eve Klein, Assoc. AIA, Co-Chair, AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee

David Chapin
is an architect and environmental psychologist at CUNY with a unique way of looking at architecture and design. During the 1970s and well into the 1980s Chapin worked as part of the ARC Group in Cleveland, Ohio, funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health's Office of Program Evaluation and Research. Architecture-Research-Construction was a collaborative group of 22 very creative people who worked in many different “treatment” settings to design, build, and evaluate changes to institutional environments. The group's early work was in mental hospitals but expanded into other settings, including places for people diagnosed with mental illnesses. As their work became more and more participatory, ARC Group carefully measured the effect of participation, itself. Today, Chapin is passionate about studying and creating designs that are sustainable in our ever-changing world.

Ingrid Erickson is currently an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University. Erickson received her PhD from the Center for Work, Technology & Organization at Stanford University in 2008. Her scholarly interests lie at the intersection of technology studies, communication, and organizational behavior, with a particular emphasis on the emergent practices surrounding locative technologies (e.g., GPS) in social contexts. Using primarily qualitative, ethnographic methodologies, she also focuses on understanding the implications of ubiquitous and mobile technologies on conceptualizations of place and space, boundaries of public and private, and rhetoric in the media. She has conducted research with the Social Computing Group at IBM's T J Watson Research Center and at Boeing's Phantom Works research division.

Richard E. Wener is Professor of Environmental Psychology in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where he co-directs the Sustainable Urban Environments program, and is a faculty affiliate of the Rutgers University Center for Green Building. In 2010, Wener was a Fulbright Fellow at the Vienna University of Technology. For more than thirty years, Wener has studied the way correctional architecture affects facility operations and the behavior of staff and inmates. This work began in 1975 with evaluations of the first of the “new generation jails,” federal Metropolitan Correctional Centers in Chicago and New York. He has since conducted evaluations of dozens of prisons and jails and several large nationwide surveys of correctional facilities. He has consulted in the area of facility design and planning for adult and juvenile detention and corrections facilities.

Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman is an urban anthropologist with City ID in New York City specializing in research and analysis of behavior in public space. Her prior work has included analyses of public spaces including an ethnography of the Occupy Portland campsite and a ethnography of place conducted on a Portland State University plaza, where she completed her Masters in Urban Studies. Before that she was a part of a transdisciplinary academic research group assessing open space in cities worldwide, and assisted in the creation of the collaborative urban interventions group Better Block Portland. At City ID Katrina has worked on site analysis, data gathering, user experience reviews, user-scenario development, concept and network planning, and wayfinding rationale. She is always looking for ways to improve the human experience in cities through Right to the City concepts in combination with our physical and mental needs as a species.

Eve Klein is an architect and planner specializing in cultural institutions and higher education. She is currently a doctoral student in Environmental Psychology at CUNY focusing on how the social sciences can contribute to the design process. This year she co-founded and is co-chairing the AIANY Committee on Social Sciences and Architecture. Until 2013, she was NYU’s Assistant Vice President of Planning and Design, overseeing facilities planning and space management at the University.

Organized by: AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee

Price: Free for AIA members and Students with valid ID; $10 for non-members



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