Recent Publications

Tracing a Plan in Kreyòl

Writer and literary critic Édouard Glissant described creolization as an open process with unfixed outcomes, characterized by a dialectic between oral and written discourses. Kreyòl architecture, like that of a house in Leyogàn, results from such a dialectic process. In the narrative to follow, dialogue and images are transmitted through the hand-drawn plan into a Kreyòl architecture resultant from transnational encounters of people, technology, and media. 

Of Migration, CCA ︎︎

Damage & Repair: Imagining collective dwelling in rural Haiti

In 1994 the Haitian urbanism research group Centre de recherches urbaines-travaux(CRUT) visualized a collective form to resist the oppressive structures of a neoliberal world order. The Workers Repatriation Center of Haiti (WRCH) proposed by CRUT centered the communal relationships between people and homeland, which are a profound aspect of Haitian identity demonstrated in the history of the lakou system.

Thresholds Journal ︎︎

Recent Events

February 8-11, 2023:
Caribbean Futures Workshop & Symposium  

The Caribbean Futures workshop and symposium gathered scholars, practitioners, and students, including the Nadine Carter Russell Chair, Sabine Malebranch, at the LSU School of Architecture to investigate and imagine actionable ideas to meet the challenges of escalating inequality and accelerating climate change in greater Caribbean, including the Gulf Coast.

Caribbean Spatial Justice Lab︎︎

August 5, 2022:
Refleskyon sou istwa achitekti Ayisyen | Réflection sur l’histoire de l’architecture Haïtienne

Public presentation at Centre International de Documentation et d'Information Haitienne,
Caribéenne et Afro-canadienne
in Montreal and online for participants in Haiti on the emerging historiography of Haitian architecture including the introduction of materials uncovered during summer research.


August 4, 2022: 
Lakay se Lakay: Transnational Architectures of Belonging

Public presentation of preliminary findings as a CCA Research Fellow. As a fellow, conducted research exploring the intimate construction—physical and conceptual—of domestic environments in Haiti and among the Haitian diaspora through the frame of lakay as a discursive and conditional index of belonging based in the relationships between people, place, and memory.


September 24, 2021:
Translating Haiti: On the Academic Job Market

The second event in the Emerging Scholars’ Translating Haiti mentorship series, this event featured a conversation among recently hired scholars from various disciplines and backgrounds discussing how they translated their Haitian studies research for the job market.


April 14, 2021:
Rasanblaj as Methodology: Investigating Kreyòl architectures

On the “Rethinking Evidence” panel at the Society for Architectural Historians virtual conference, presented a paper reflecting on the implications and challenges of using rasanblaj as a methodology for researching the social practice of architecture.

SAH Conference︎︎