Queer Potentialities: on Space and Communities

Lecture | March 2 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 1000 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Queer Urbanisms, a student-led initiative at UC Berkeley’s Architecture department, invites you to a talk by Olivier Vallerand.

In the 1990s, a group of theorists and practitioners developed speculative projects, exhibitions and writings investigating the potential of queerness to the study and practice of architecture. This talk focuses on critiques of domesticity in their work to explore their potential to inform a rethinking of communities

A visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Olivier Vallerand completed his PhD at McGill University after professional studies in architecture at Université Laval. He has taught at Université Laval, UQAM, and McGill University. After working for architectural firms in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, and Quebec City, he currently keeps an installation-based practice with 1x1x1 Creative Lab. His research has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture, Captures, Inter, art actuel, The Educational Forum and the Sexuality volume of the Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series.

The discussion after the talk will be moderated by Stathis Gerostathopoulos (Ph.D student, Architecture, UC Berkeley).

This event is part of a series funded by a grant from the College of Environmental Design Diversity Initiative.