Spring 2015 Student Lecture Series: Diana Ramirez-Jasso

Design & Citizenship

“A room that teaches how to think” by Christian Heinrich Wolke (1805)

“A room that teaches how to think” by Christian Heinrich Wolke (1805)

  • 04/08/2015

  • 6 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall
    Boston Architectural College
    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • allison.postlethwait@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Lectures

The Boston Architectural College (BAC) invites you to attend Design & Citizenship, presented by Diana Ramirez-Jasso, Associate Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Faculty Member in the History and Theory of Design, as part of the Spring 2015 Student Lecture Series.

Abstract: Designers often think of themselves as agents of
change—the artifacts, environments, and cities they create seem to always harbor the promise of a better future. But how did we come to perceive design practices as holding such a high degree of agency in the complex world we inhabit? As a design historian, Diana Ramirez-Jasso has examined this question in different contexts. In this lecture, she investigates the all-important role that the shaping of landscapes and architectural interiors played in the conceptualization of enlightened citizenship as it was handed down to us by the eighteenth century. Using historical examples that deploy space, nature, childhood, and education as primary ingredients, this talk will examine the use of design tactics as catalysts for utopian imagination and social change.

Diana Ramirez-Jasso is Associate Provost, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Faculty Member in the History and Theory of Design at The Boston Architectural College, where she is also responsible for the curriculum in Liberal Studies and Design History, Theory, and Criticism. Diana received the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning from Harvard University in 2012. She also holds a Master of Arts in Architecture and Urban Planning from Harvard University, a Master of Science in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from M.I.T. (2002), and a professional degree in architecture (with honors) from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico (1997). She has received numerous recognitions and awards, including research fellowships from the Harvard Graduate Society and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, a Merit Citation for the Carter Manny Award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, a Special Merit Recognition Award and a Thesis Prize from MIT, and a Fulbright fellowship. Before joining the BAC, Diana taught in the architecture departments at the ITESO in Mexico, MIT, and Harvard.