Associate Dean (Research), Associate Head, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture
300 Architecture 2 Building
B.Arch. (5-year professional program), Carleton University, 1995.
M.Arch. History and Theory (post-professional program), McGill University, 2003.
Ph.D. Architecture History and Theory, McGill University, 2010.
In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Lisa performed seven years of diverse architectural work in New York City, earning her professional license in New York State in 2002. She is a registered member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC), and the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA).
Lisa has been a full-time member of the Department of Architecture at the University of Manitoba since 2008, having previously taught at McGill University in Montreal, Carleton University in Ottawa, Norwich University in Vermont, and at international summer workshops in Rotterdam and Helsinki. She teaches architecture design studios, graduate seminars, and undergraduate lectures in the History and Theory of Modern and Pre-modern Architecture. Lisa served as Coordinator of the Masters Design Thesis from 2010-17. She continues to advise design thesis and doctoral students. In 2017 she earned the Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Lisa’s research encompasses topics in architectural history, theory and design. These include: architectural agency and representation, especially dramatic modes of representation implicit in the works and words of architects; the role of architects and architecture in dramatic literature (from Aristophanes to Ionesco); stories and myths about architectural origins; the reciprocity of theatre and architecture, as well as literature and architecture; performance space and the role of festivals in shaping urban environments and cultural identity; architecture’s interrelation with politics and social justice; the creative role of metaphor for architects and the rhetorical function of architecture in philosophy; phenomenological and hermeneutic approaches to contemporary architecture; pedagogical approaches engaging imagination and critical thinking as integral to design practice and professionalism; and other trans-historical topics that remain central to modern architecture and contemporary practice, including ornament, space, cultural memory, and ethical imagination.
Dr. Lisa Landrum completed her Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Architecture at McGill University in 2010. Her dissertation explores the mythic bases and poetic origins of architectural acts by interpreting two ancient Greek plays in which the protagonist is called “architect” while directing a scheme of transformation for the common good. These architect-protagonists and the plots they lead not only provide insight into the emergent role of architects in the fifth century BCE, but also vividly dramatize certain representative deeds and ethical dilemmas that remain (to this day) integral to an architect's performance.
Lisa has presented her research at numerous international conferences and has published widely. Lisa is a Research Associate with the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba, and an active member of the Architectural Humanities Research Association (AHRA), the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), and the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture (ISPA).
Lisa’s research also involves devising ephemeral events, including a series of group costumes and pageantry devices that have been collaboratively constructed and performed in public parades
. Lisa has exhibited this creative work, which explores the political and ritual dimensions of collective aesthetic experience, in New York, Berlin, Montreal and Winnipeg
. The award-winning costumes have also been featured on prominent websites, including Domus
, Storefront, and Architizer.
“Drawing, Dwelling and Cultivating Agricultural Imagination
,” with Xue Wei, 49th Parallel Schools of Architecture Consortium
, Vol. 1 (May 2017): 64-75.
“Theory’s Theatricality and Architectural Agency
,” Architecture & Culture
, 43.3 (2016), 463-475.
“Varieties of Architectural Imagination
” in Warehouse 25
, ed. Alena Rieger and Ally Pereira-Edwards. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 2016, 71-83.
“Architects of Playtime
: Cities as Social Media in the work of Jacques Tati,” in Filming the City: Urban Documents, Design Practices and Social Criticism Through the Lens
, ed. Edward Clift, Annette Brauerhoch and Mirko Guaralda. Bristol, UK: Intellect Books, 2016.
“Miming a Manner of Architectural Theory. Eudaimonia
: A Pantomime Dream Play,” in Confabulations: Storytelling in Architecture,
ed. Carolina Dayer, Paul Emmons and Marcia Feuerstein. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.
“Chōra before Plato: Architecture, Drama and Receptivity,” in Chora 7: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture
, ed. Alberto Pérez-Gómez and Stephen Parcell. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016.
“Before Architecture: Archai, Architects and Architectonics in Plato and Aristotle
,” Montreal Architectural Review
, Vol. 2 (2015).
“Poetic Persistence and Architectural Renewal: investing in an economy of stories,” in Economy and Architecture
, ed. Juliet Odgers, Stephen Kite and Mhairi McVicar. London: Routledge 2015.
“Modus Operandi of an Architectus Doli: Architectural cunning in the comic plays of Plautus,” in Architecture’s Appeal: How Theory informs Architectural Praxis
, ed. Marc J. Neveu and Negin Djavaherian. London & New York: Routledge 2015, 218-27.
“Performing Theoria: Architectural Acts in Aristophanes’ Peace,” in Architecture as a Performing Art
, ed. Gray Read and Marcia Feuerstein. Farnham & Burlington: Ashgate 2013, 27-43.
“Ensemble Performances: Architects and Justice in Athenian Drama,” in Architecture and Justice: Judicial Meanings in the Public Realm,
ed. Nicholas Temple, Jonathan Simon and Renee Tobe. Farnham & Burlington: Ashgate 2013, 245-56.
“The Beginnings of Architectural Theory in Drama and Philosophy
,” in Warehouse
, ed. Brandon Bergem and Nicole Hunt. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 2012, 212-17.
“History and Histrionics: Dramatizing Architectural Inquiry
,” in Made: Design Education & the Art of Making
. University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2010, 17-24.
by Patkau Architects. Canadian Architect
(Oct. 2017): 43-45.
Review of Attunement: Architectural Meaning After the Crisis of Modern Science
by Alberto Pérez-Gómez. Canadian Architect
(Sept. 2016): 38.
,” review of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, designed by Antoine Predock, Canadian Architect
(Nov. 2014): 22-29.
Review of Time Matter(s): Invention and Re-Imagination in Built Conservation
by Federica Goffi, Journal of Architectural Education
68.2 (Oct. 2014): 132-34.
Review of Four Historical Definitions of Architecture
, by Stephen Parcell, Journal of Architectural Education
67.2 (Oct. 2013): 306-07.
” review of The Avenue on Portage and Manitoba Start, designed by 5468796 Architecture, Canadian Architect
(June 2013): 14-19.
2018 Atmosphere 10:
Fabrications, Symposium Co-Chair
2014 Action Atmosphere, Symposium Chair
2016-17 Radical Campus
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2016 Sakshi Misra, Architecture as Stage, Choreographer and Performer, 3min Thesis Finalist
2013 Urbanism/Architecture Bi-City Biennale in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China
Image Credits (top to bottom):
1) Office 300; 2) Eudaimonia 2014; 3) Eyes of the Beholder 2011; 4) Ancient Theatre at Epidaurus 2009; 5) NYC projects 1995-2002; 6) M.Arch student work, Ting Wu 2014; 7-8) M.Arch student work, Dazhong Yi 2014; 9) M.Arch student work, Henry Tufts 2011; 10) Evan Schellenberg, back lane theatre 2016; 11) Bryan He, A Radical Note a campus concert hall, 2017.