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Jonah Rowen

Assistant Professor Adjunct

Jonah Rowen is a Ph.D. Candidate in architectural history and theory at Columbia University. He is currently completing a dissertation on architecture as a technology for mitigating risk and uncertainty, concentrating on the technics of architectural fire protection across the British Atlantic world in the nineteenth century. Drawing on archives from Bermuda, Jamaica, Trinidad, and the UK, his research focuses on modern architecture in the context of the colonialism and enslaved labor, the liberal economics, and the environmental factors that conditioned its construction and materials. He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to beginning in the Columbia Ph.D. program, he taught courses in the studio, drawing, and history/theory sequences on the faculty of the Southern California Institute of Architecture as a Full-Time Instructor. More recently, he has taught at the Parsons School of Design, the School of Visual Arts, Barnard College, and Columbia University. In addition to founding the architectural journal Project, he has published essays in Grey Room, Log, and elsewhere.

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