Professor of Architecture and Urbanism
Parsons Faculty Hotseat
Jilly Traganou is a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Parsons School of Design, Interim Director of the Doctorate in Public and Urban Policy at the Schools of Public Engagement, and affiliated faculty with the Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research. Her work examines urban and material questions related to social movements, identity, affect, and participation, and her current research is focusing on the role of spatial agency, material engagement, and maintenance in prefigurative politics (such as Occupy, Christiania Freetown, Standing Rock). She is also working on the “Decolonizing Urbanism” project in collaboration with Prof. Evren Uzer which looks into decolonizing curricular and pedagogical practices in the studies of urbanism. Jilly Traganou has been a fellow of the Fulbright, Japan Foundation, the European Union Science and Technology Post-doctorate Program, Bard Graduate Center, and Princeton Program in Hellenic Studies, and a recipient of two Graham Foundation grants. She is co-editor-in-chief of Design and Culture.
She is the editor of Design and Political Dissent: Spaces, Visuals, Materialities (Routledge 2020); co-editor with Sarah Lichtman of Design and Displacement (Routledge 2023, forthcoming), and co-editor with Miodrag Mitrasinovic of Travel, Space, Architecture (Ashgate, 2009); and author of Designing the Olympics: Representation, Participation, Contestation (Routledge, 2016), and The Tokaido Road: Traveling and Representation in Edo and Meiji Japan (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004). She has guest-edited special issues, “Design and Society in Modern Japan,” co-edited with Sarah Teasley and Ignacio Adriasola Munoz, Review of Japanese Culture and Society (2016); "Visual Communication Design in the Balkans,” co-edited with Artemis Yagou, The Design Journal (2015); and “Design Histories of the Olympic Games,” Journal of Design History (2012).
She has produced the film “Olympic Design: Mexico 1968: Visual Identity: Lance Wyman,” which can be found at: https://vimeo.com/113621024/ea8eb40539.
To see some of her work visit: https://newschool.academia.edu/JillyTraganou and https://vimeo.com/51310037.
For a recent publication see: https://ajar.arena-architecture.eu/articles/10.55588/ajar.332/
architectural criticism,design criticism,design research,spatial design studies,urban studies