Emily Kutil, assistant professor at Lawrence Technological University, will be giving a virtual lecture on Friday, February 18 at 1pm in Pence 209. Kutil is a Detroit-based architectural designer, educator and researcher. Her research investigates the intertwined social structures, physical structures and power structures that shape our world. She makes drawings, publications, installations, models and other story-machines, often using collective, interdisciplinary processes.
Kutil is a founding member of We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective, a collaboration between community activists, academics, and designers mapping geographies of austerity in Detroit. She also coordinates Black Bottom Street View, an immersive representation of a historic Detroit neighborhood destroyed by urban renewal, which was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant in 2016. Her current research investigates Great Lakes water and energy infrastructures and their entanglements with land, life and systems of power.
Previously, Kutil was the 2019-20 Reyner Banham Fellow at the University at Buffalo. She has exhibited work in Detroit and Los Angeles, and has published articles in Scapegoat,Horizonte and Dimensions. She has worked with architecture firms and artist studios in Detroit, Los Angeles, Ann Arbor and Vermont. Kutil holds a BSArch from the University of Cincinnati and a MArch with High Distinction and Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Michigan.
This lecture is sponsored by the School of Interiors.