Brief Academic profile of Alleys SessionParticipants

Margaret Deamer abstract

Dr. Deamer is Professor at the School of Architecture, Yale University, where she teaches design and history/theory. Her Ph.D. was on the English 20th century art and architecture critic, Adrian Stokes, who was analyzed by Melanie Klein and saw his aesthetic work as an extension of her psychoanalytic theories. Deamer's current work concentrates on how theories of form and architectural production - especially prefabrication and mass-customization - influence contemporary culture.

Michelle D. Addington

Dr. Addington is Professor at the School of Architecture, Yale University. She researches discrete systems and technology transfer, and she serves as an adviser on energy and sustainability for many organizations, including the Department of Energy and the AIA. Her areas of interests are energy, environmental design, environmental systems, lighting, and materials.

Alexander Felson

Dr. Felson is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, Yale University. He is an ecologist and registered landscape architect. His scholarly research focuses on urban land systems, including green infrastructure, local and regional park design, community to landscape ecology, and climate change adaptation and migration.

Marian Chertow

Dr. Marian Chertow is Associate Professor of Industrial Environmental Management and has been Director of the Industrial Environmental Management Program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 1991. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation.

Karen Seto

Professor Seto studies the human transformation of land and the links between urbanization, global change, and sustainability. She is an expert in remote sensing analysis and integrating satellite data with social science research methods. She has pioneered methods to reconstruct historical land-use and to develop empirical models to explain and forecast urban expansion. She has over fifteen years of research experience studying Asia’s urbanization, with projects in China, India, Vietnam, and Qatar. She is Co-Chair of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) Project, and a Coordinating Lead Author for Working Group III of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

Dean Sakamoto

Dr. Sakamoto serves on the Cultural Affairs Commission of the City of New Haven. At Yale College, he is a resident fellow at Samuel F.B. Morse College. Dean Sakamoto is a multidisciplinary practice that is responsible for notable projects in the areas of urban design, architecture and exhibition design.

Tariq Thachil

Dr. Tariq Thachil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University, a Research Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and a Faculty Affiliate of the South Asian Studies Council. His research focuses on political parties and party-voter linkages, social movements, ethnic politics, and South Asian politics.

Mrinalini Rajagopalan abstract

Dr. Mrinalini Rajagopalanis currently Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2010-2011 she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the South Asian Studies Council at Yale University and participated in the first Urban India conference held at Yale in May 2011. Her research interests include: urbanization and urbanism in South Asia; the colonial legacies of architectural preservation in India; and contemporary architecture and urban design in India.

Manish Chalana

Manish Chalana is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Design and Planning Department in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington. He is a multi-disciplinary design and planning professional, with interests in urban design, cultural resource management, international planning and development, and historic preservation.