Ph.D. Candidates

Sixth Year

Anna Bokov

Anna Bokov is studying the history of early modernist design education in the Soviet Union and the VKhUTEMAS school, active in Moscow from 1920 to 1930. Her research focuses on the architectural methodology developed by Nikolay Ladovsky and his colleagues that pioneered the creative design process through model-making, incorporated psychology and perception theories, and aligned architecture and urban design with the new technologies and methods of industrial production.

Anna received her B.Arch. from Syracuse University and her M.Arch. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Anna taught at the Moscow Architectural Institute and Northeastern University School of Architecture in Boston. She was an editor of the Project Russiamagazine, a leading architectural periodical in Russia. She has worked as an architect and urban designer with NBBJ in Moscow and Columbus, Ohio; City of Somerville/Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville, Massachusetts; Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam; Gluckman Mayner Architects and Polshek Partnership/Ennead in New York.

Surry Schlabs

Surry Schlabs’s research brings the pragmatist aesthetics and pedagogical theories of John Dewey to bear on the interpretation of mid-century modernist art and architectural practices, rooting out otherwise illegible strands of collaboration, integration, and common interest among painters, architects, and educators of the era. Recent presentations include the Martlet Symposium at McGill University, in which Surry presented a paper entitled “Songs of (Art) as Experience: John Dewey’s Vegetable Eye,” addressing a range affinities shared by the composite art of William Blake and Dewey’s late work on aesthetics. At Yale’s “What a Lovely Day: a Conference on Mad Max and Interstellar,” he gave a talk entitled “A Phenomenology of Forgetting: On the Uses and Abuses of Architecture in Aeon Flux,” in which he positioned that film’s fictional dystopian future relative to ongoing debates on the architectural and urban character of contemporary Berlin.

Surry received both B.A. and M.Arch. degrees from Yale where, during his time in architecture school, he applied a longstanding interest in collaborative and experiential learning to his work as teaching assistant in the School of Architecture and in the History of Art and Political Science departments. Before returning to Yale for his Ph.D., Surry worked for several years in and around New Haven, serving as project manager and desig​ner at both Gray Organschi Architecture and the Yale Urban Design Workshop.

Fifth Year

Tim Altenhof

Tim Altenhof’s research interests focus on the interchangeability and interpenetration of inside and outside, an ambivalence which was at the core of the modern condition in the early twentieth century in architecture and culture more broadly. Mainly German speaking art-history around Heinrich Wölfflin from the turn of the century helps calibrate the legacy of space concepts in modern architecture and serves as an apparatus to inspire an investigation into air as a fundamental part of space in light of some of the historiographical accounts of writers like Giedion and Kaufmann. Recent presentations and those yet to come include venues such as the Martlet Symposium at McGill University in Montreal, the 2015 GSA meeting in Washington, as well as the 2015 annual conference of the International Walter Benjamin Society in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Tim holds both the B.Arch. and M.Arch. degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, and a pre-degree from the Bauhaus University Weimar where he commenced his studies in architecture. In the meantime, he studied for two years in Greg Lynn’s masterclass at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and has worked at various architectural practices across Europe, including Cloud9, KMT/n-o-m-a-d and Zaha Hadid Architects.

Ioanna Angelidou

Ioanna Angelidou’s interest centers on what Arata Isozaki refers to as the “construction of anti-architectural histories,” namely, novel interactions between architecture, narratives, and visualization in print culture. The merging of representation and conceptualization creates invisible historical axes in the production and dissemination of ideas in art and architecture. The aim of Ioanna’s research is to trace how architectural genealogy and creative documentation intertwine to catalyze contemporary discourse as re-invention through archiving.

Prior to commencing her studies at Yale, Ioanna received M.Arch. degrees from Columbia University in New York and Aristotle University in Greece and worked as an architect at Kengo Kuma and Associates in Tokyo. She has also collaborated with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA) in Greece for an exhibition of contemporary Japanese architecture, for which she received the Japan Foundation’s Visual Arts Grant. Her publications include contributions to journals such as Log, Arch+, and GA Document, as well as the book Small Tokyo (2012).

Fourth Year

Theodossius Issaias

Theodossis Issaias is interested in the relationship between city, contemporary notions of ecology and the natural as a category in architectural discourse. His research focuses on the representations of nature and their normative influence since the beginning of the modern project.

Theodossis holds an M.S. in Architecture and Urbanism from the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT (2011) and a Dipl.Arch. from the National Technical University of Athens (2008). He has collaborated as an architect and urban designer in Athens and Boston with offices such as ORG Architects and Urban Designers and VietAid Community Development Corporation.

Skender Luarasi

Skender Luarasi’s research investigates the relationship of geometry and architecture. One often thinks of geometry as a solid ground that secures and stabilizes things, a metaphysical truth procedure that is universally true and absolute at any place and any time. A sphere is a sphere today, as it was in the time of Euclid… Yet, the ways and manners that bring the geometries about are never universally true or absolute. More than synchronic geometry is diachronic. More than universal truth procedure geometry is a social medium and expertise that circulates among different human and non-human agents. The research is critical of the common view that geometry is a “tool for architecture,” and investigates how architecture is also a tool for geometry. Luarasi’s research focuses particularly on the mid-century debate on proportion, and investigates how there is a direct line between this post-war geometry and today’s parametric geometry.

Skender is a licensed architect and practices in Boston and Albania. Skender holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and a Master Degree in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has previously taught at The School of Architecture at Washington State University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Rhode Island School of Design. He has published at Haecceity Journal, and presented his research and design works in several national and international conferences. He has worked as a designer for dEcoi architects/MIT Digital Design Group, Kennedy & Violich Architects Ltd and Finegold + Alexander Associates Inc in Boston.

Third Year

Eugene Han

Eugene Han’s research attempts a survey of meter in architectural form, as conditioned by histories of language, classification and perception. By prioritizing the linguistic axis of “syntagm” over “paradigm”, his studies construct an interpretative account of 20th century discourses that aim towards descriptive, rather than prescriptive, methods of formal analysis. A major task of his research is to bridge notions of psychology in art and architecture with contemporary modes of computational representation.

Eugene received his M.Arch. from the Architectural Association, London, and his B.Sc. from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. Prior to commencing his doctoral studies at Yale, he served as Unit Master at the AA in both the Intermediate and Diploma Schools, from 2005, as well as serving as the school’s Programme Director in Media Studies. Before setting up his own design studio in 2006, he had worked in offices in London, Barcelona, and Los Angeles. His own studio’s projects include masterplanning, building, product design, and computational applications. In addition to his fulltime teaching positions, he has also taught professional seminars in London, as well as academic workshops in Madrid and Moscow.

Second Year

Gary He

Gary Huafan He is currently investigating the genealogical relationship between architecture and various conditions of isolation, reduction or banishment. These interests focus on circumstances of extreme ontological dissonance, juridical exception, cultural taboo or private totality. These are particular scenarios which are so far out of the normal juridical spheres (be they governmental, technological, economical) that influence architecture that they by default render established, typical modes of operation impossible. Central to these interests is how these scenarios inevitably give form to new types of building, or to new ways of experiencing and thinking about architecture.

Gary holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and has served as Teaching Associate at Cornell University and Visiting Critic at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. He has contributed to the works of architects Bernard Tschumi, Richard Meier and Steven Holl in New York City.

David Turturo

David Turturo studies design and the city. His research focuses on how creativity in cities can constitute a body politic, much as architects incorporated social critique into their practice and pedagogy after the 1960s. It is an interest that springs from a decade-long search into the work of the American architect John Hejduk, who famously declared, “architecture is a social contract.”

Before coming to Yale, David practiced and taught in New York City, Boston, and San Francisco. His recent teaching includes the graduate research studio “Tall Buildings in Historic Centers” (Northeastern University), the history/theory seminar “The City as Social Contract,” and the comprehensive design studio “Wilderness Urbanisms” (Boston Architectural College). In practice, David’s experience similarly focuses on sites of historical significance. This includes adaptive reuse work for three Jose Lluis Sert complexes along the Charles River; working drawings to mine and re-clad the Verizon Tower at the Brooklyn Bridge, plus a variety of other retrofits for schools and institutions. David completed an M.Des.S. in architecture theory with distinction at Harvard University and a B.Arch. at Syracuse University where he was awarded the Britton thesis prize for the design of a hospice in Venice Italy.

First Year

Zachariah Micheielli

Summer Sutton