Education

  • B.Arch. (5-year professional program), Carleton University, 1995
  • M.Arch. History and Theory (post-professional proram), McGill University, 2003
  • Ph.D. Architecture History and Theory, McGil University, 2010

Professional qualifications

MAA, FRAIC, AIA
In between 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) and the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA). In 2019 she was elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC).

Teaching

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 M.Arch design thesis and doctoral students, and chairs the Ph.D. in Design and Planning Program. In 2017 she earned the Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In 2018 Lisa earned a Students’ Teacher Recognition Award for outstanding teaching.

Academic administration/leadership

As Associate Dean Research (since 2017), Lisa chairs the Ph.D. in Design and Planning Program and the Faculty of Architecture Research Committee; strategizes initiatives and reports on Faculty research for various venues; incentivizes the Undergraduate Research Award, and other funding opportunities; and serves as Academic Liaison for the Cooperative Education / Integrated Work Program (launched in 2018). Lisa served as Associate Head of the Department of Architecture from 2016 to 2019. During this time she led the 2017 Architecture Program Report and related collaborative preparations for the successful 2018 CACB Accreditation visit; re-launched ArchFolio – a publication of student work; and helped coordinate many operational aspects of the Department. Lisa is a member of BEA-Prairies (Building Equality in Architecture). Nationally, she is a Director of the Canadian Architecture Certification Board (CACB) (since 2019), and member of the “Future of Architecture” / Rise for Architecture working group with the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities (CALA) (since 2017).

Research

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.

Research initiatives

Select publications/projects

Narrating the City: Mediated Representations of Architecture, Urban Forms and Social Life, co-edited with Ayşegül Akçay Kavakoğlu & Türkan Nihan Hacıömeroğlu. Intellect Press, 2020

Propaganda of Optimism: A tribute to Michael Sorkin (1948-2020)” in Canadian Architect (April 13, 2020).

Canadian Architecture Forums on Education (CAFÉ), Project Lead, 2019-20. Download the CAFÉ Summary Report (Sept. 2020)

Thinking Architecture” - introduction and guest editor for Montreal Architectural Review, Vol. 6 (2019).

Academic Agency: Toward an Architecture Policy for Canada” in Warehouse 28, ed. Irena Tonnu and Serena Tonnu. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 154-157.

“Campus Architecture: The Radical Medium of Learning” in Canadian Modern Architecture: 1967 to the Present, eds. Elsa Lam and Graham Livesey. Princeton Architectural Press, 2019.

An Architecture Policy for Canada” in Canadian Architect (May 2019).

Creativity Embedded” in UMToday The Magazine (Spring 2019); and “Tableau Vivant: Musings on a Lively Threshold” in Warehouse 27, ed. Liana Thomson and Jinnette Alvaran. University of Manitoba, 2018.

“Poetic Imagination and the Architecture of Poe,” in Reading Architecture, Literary Imagination and Architectural Experience, ed. Angeliki Sioli and Yoonchun Jung. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Table Talk” in Warehouse 26, ed. Emily Warsza + Mindy Dao. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 2017.

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.

Reviews

Material Operations 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.

Difficult Harmonies,” 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.

Avenue Action,” review of The Avenue on Portage and Manitoba Start, designed by 5468796 Architecture, Canadian Architect (June 2013): 14-19.

Design studios

Student achievements