Sarah DeyongAssociate Professor of Architecture
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MA and B.Arch, University of Toronto
Ph.D., Princeton University
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Sarah Deyong teaches in the areas of history, theory and criticism (HTC) and design studio. She believes that areas of specialization, such as HTC, must effectively enhance the vital center of the curriculum: studio and integrated design.
“Today, we find ourselves in a dynamic situation, with new technologies and digital tools, for example. The utility of history and theory is that it brings the longer, canonical perspective of how we define ourselves into play. We learn from both failures and successes. Since architecture is inherently collaborative, we best prepare our students for the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary practice when we define ourselves as a discipline with design at its core.”
For Dr. Deyong, the output of a studio may be a proposition for a building, but in academia, it should aspire to be an argument or intellectual provocation. “We are, after all, in the business of teaching students not only the necessary skills and tool sets, but also, how to think critically, communicate ideas and create new knowledge.”
Deyong is known internationally for her research focused on the post-WWII period to the present, underscoring the symbiotic relationship between HTC and design practice. Examples of her research work can be found here.
The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, v. 73, n. 3 (University of California Press, June 2014): 226-247.
The Journal of Architectural Education Design +, v. 68, n. 1 (ACSA and Taylor & Francis, March 2014): 28-41.