Jilly Traganou (PhD, University of Westminster) is an architect and associate professor in spatial design studies at the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design, where she is also the director of academic affairs (2008–2011). She previously held teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin (2000–2002, 2005), and at the University of Thessaly in Volos (2002–2004).
Traganou’s work examines space and architecture in intersection with the fields of design studies, media studies, and cultural geography, and is currently focusing on relations between design, critical territorial practices and travel, and on design’s role in the configuration of national and postnational identities. She is the author of The Tôkaidô Road: Traveling and Representation in Edo And Meiji Japan (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), and a co-editor with Miodrag Mitrasinovic of Travel, Space, Architecture (Ashgate, 2009). Traganou has published in the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Design Issues, Journal of Design History, Design and Culture, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, L’architecture d’aujourd’hui, Journal for Architecture Building Science of the Architectural Institute Japan, and Αρχιτεκτονικά Θέματα, and has chapters in the books Critical Cities Vol. 02 (Myrdle Court Press, 2010), Global Design History (forthcoming by Routledge), ‘Ωραίο, Φριχτό και Απέριττο τοπίο’: Αναγνώσεις και Προοπτικές του Ελληνικού τοπίου (Nissides, 2004), Suburbanizing the Masses: Public Transport and Urban Development in Historical Perspective (Ashgate, 2003), and Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo (RoutledgeCurzon, 2002). She has lectured and participated in conferences internationally, most notably at the annual meetings of the Society of Architectural Historians, the College Art Association, and the Modern Greek Studies Association, for which she has also chaired sessions.
Traganou’s research has been supported by prestigious institutions such as the Graham Foundation, The Japan Foundation, Princeton Program in Hellenic Studies, European Union S&T Post-doc Fellowship Program in Japan, the Monbusho Scholarship (the Japanese Ministry of Education), and the Greek State Scholarship Foundation (IKY.)
In the last two years, Traganou has been participating in practice-based collaborative research projects in critical pedagogy that involve issues of migration and identity formation. These are the Spatial Imaginary and Multiple Belonging: The “Open House” Workshop (with Eleni Tzirtzilaki and Lydia Matthews), which was part of the architectural research event series Unbuilt (Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, June 2008), and the Migrant Tree project, created within the framework of the Routes & Homes: Prototyping Socio-spatial Micro-structures in Conditions of Migration and Multiple Belonging (with Lydia Matthews, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Natalia Roumelioti, Holly Wolf, and Eleni Tzirtzilaki), which took place at the El Jardin Del Paraiso community garden in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. She has also collaborated with various schools in Austin, Texas, Brooklyn, and Manhattan in introducing design thinking concepts to students of preschool and K–12 ages.
Traganou’s forthcoming book, Designing the Olympics: (Post)national Identity in the Age of Globalization, has been contracted by Routledge. She is currently the Reviews Editor of the Journal of Design History.