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  • Yetunde Olaiya

    Part-time Lecturer

    Email
    olaiyay@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    L - 2 West 13th Street

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    Yetunde Olaiya

    Profile

    Yetunde Olaiya is a Part-time Lecturer at Parsons School of Design. She is an architectural historian, specializing in the history of modern architecture and urban design in sub-Saharan Africa. Her research focuses on the forms of expertise cultivated for architectural production in Francophone Africa after World War II. Yetunde has practiced architecture at firms in London, Chicago, and New York. She has taught histories of modern architecture, art, industrial design, and interior design, as well as architectural studio, at a range of institutions. 


    Degrees Held

    PhD (Candidate) & MA in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture, Princeton University School of Architecture, Princeton, NJ.

    MArch, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA.  

    AB (Major: Architecture w/Art History concentration), Barnard College, New York, NY.


    Recent Publications

    “Systemic Shifts: The Case of Urban Planning in Abidjan, 1945-60,” Journal of Architectural Education, 68 (October 2014): 190-198.

    “The Mobile Pad: Automotive Interior Design in Playboy,” Volume, 33 (“PlayboyArchitecture” inset, ed. Beatriz Colomina, 2012): 8-9.


    Performances and Appearances

    Presenter, "Cold War in the Tropics: The Politics of Design in Fria, Guinea." “African Modernism(s): Past/Present/Future,” AIA Symposium held in conjunction with the Architecture of Independence – African Modernism exhibition, New York, April 22, 2017.

    Presenter, "'We No Longer Build Haphazardly': Jean-Henri Calsat and the Technopolitics of Postwar Architectural Production in French Black Africa." Riley Scholar Lecture, Colorado College, March 9, 2017.

    Presenter, "Cold War in the Tropics: The Politics of Design in Fria, Guinea." Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) 68th Annual Conference, Chicago, April 17, 2015.

    Presenter, "Plan as Artifact: (Post)Colonial Planning in Abidjan, 1959-67." “Colonial and Postcolonial Urban Planning in Africa,” Conference at Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon, Portugal, September 5-6, 2013.

    Presenter, "Habitat in the Tropical Humid Zone."“The Dis-Appearing Non-West: Architectures of ‘Globalization,’” Graduate School Conference at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP), May 4-5, 2012.


    Research Interests

    History and theory of modern architecture and urbanism (with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa); Colonial and Postcolonial African History; Histories of science, technology, and imperialism.


    Past Courses

    Interior Design Survey
    PGID 5015, Fall 2021

    Theory of the Interior
    PGID 5111, Spring 2022

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