Ph.D. Advisors
Landrum,  Lisa, B.Arch., M.Arch., Ph.D., MAA, MRAIC, AIA, RA
Associate Professor

Dr. Lisa Landrum is a registered architect, teacher and scholar. Her research on the dramatic agencies of architecture and architectural theory has been published, exhibited and presented widely. Lisa welcomes Ph.D. applicants with demonstrated interest in the following areas of architectural history, theory and design:
  • architectural agency and representation, especially dramatic modes of representation implicit in the works and words of architects;
  • representative roles of architects and architecture in dramatic literature – from Aeschylus to Ionesco, as well as contemporary experimental performances involving architectural agents, dilemmas and allusions;
  • stories and myths about architectural origins from various cultures around the world;
  • the reciprocity of theatre and architecture, including the performativity of architecture, the architectural history of performance spaces, and the significance of architectural settings for performance and installation art;
  • interpretations of architecture in relation to painting, sculpture and film;
  • interrelations of literature and architecture, including correspondences between plots and plans, intertwinings of real and fictive settings, and the role of storytelling in design;
  • the role of rituals, festivals, civic events and ephemeral architecture in shaping urban environments and cultural identity;
  • architecture’s interrelation with politics, democracy and social justice, including case studies of buildings and public spaces serving human rights;
  • the creative role of metaphors in architecture, and the metaphoric and rhetorical role of architecture in philosophy and politics;
  • phenomenological, hermeneutic and humanistic approaches to interpreting architecture, preservation and adaptive reuse projects;
  • the history of architectural pedagogy and apprenticeship traditions, as well as recent approaches to teaching architecture that engage imagination and critical thinking as integral to design practice and professionalism;
  • other trans-historical topics that remain central to modern architecture and contemporary practice, including ornament, space, cultural memory, corporeality, and ethical imagination.

Lisa is currently serving as an external advisor to a doctoral candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture Ph.D. program at McGill University. She has been a guest reviewer of doctoral research at McGill University and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (Virginia Tech).

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