Graduate Architecture

Lori M. Gibbs

PhD Candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture

Lori's dissertation Crafting evidence of architectural heritage: surveying methods and historical projects in the US and China (1930s-1940s) analyzes architects' surveying methods in a transnational context through three interconnected case studies between France, the US, and China. This research interrogates the process of survey drawing - often assumed to be technical and objective - by examining the role of aesthetics in the drawing process, the dissemination of architectural design knowledge, and its formulation into historical facts and heritage sites.

As a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, she teaches design studio. Previously she has taught in the undergraduate architecture program at Penn, and at the University of Hong Kong in the Faculty of Architecture and Division of Landscape Architecture at graduate and undergraduate levels.

For Lori, academic research questions and architectural practice mutually inform one another, therefore she remains engaged in architectural practice. Various articles that explore observations about architecture and built environment have been published by Actar, Phaidon Press, Log, and Franklin University in Switzerland. Most recently a book chapter "Looking Beyond the Wasteland, Newark, New Jersey" was published by Routledge in The Changing Representations of Nature and the City: The 1960s - 1970s and their Legacies.
B.Arch, Pratt Institute, 2007
M.A. Histories & Theories, Architectural Association, 2010

2015 - Collection Research Grant, TD Bank Group, Canadian Centre for Architecture
2015 - Will Morris Mehlhorn Fellowship, First Prize, Weitzman School
2010 - Thesis Distinction, Architectural Association, "Manufacturing Sustainability: Transformation of the Modern Factory Type"