Brisson_headshot Irene Brisson is a designer and educator invested in the study and implementation of equitable design processes. Current doctoral research at the University of Michigan, Taubman Collage of Architecture & Urban Planning investigates the translation and documentation of spatial discourse and tacit knowledge in Haitian architectural practices and building culture. As a founding member of FAARM (Focus on Architecture, Research & Making) Irene headed architectural design teams in southern Haiti from 2010-13, as well as consulting for urban planning firm SODADE in Port-au-Prince. This interdisciplinary work informed the co-edited volume, AD Reader: Ground Rules for Humanitarian Design (Wiley, 2015). Professional architecture work also includes interior design with Ann Beha Architects at the Carl A. Fields Center, Princeton University and the Cambridge Public Library. Other on-going research interests include the intersections of dance and movement practices with architecture, gender politics in public space, site specific performance and installations, and the notation of performative events. Irene holds an S.B. in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Masters of Architecture from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation & Planning, has been a graduate student instructor and teaching assistant at the University of Michigan, Barnard and Columbia College, and Hollins University, and has taught architecture studio and representation courses at Parsons the New School for Design and Bowling Green State University.



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