Professor Lisa Findley teaches both MArch and BArch students in advanced design studios and special topic seminars and coordinates the Integrated Building Design Studios at CCA. Every other spring semester, with co-teacher Peter Anderson, she leads a travel studio to China.
Lisa is a registered architect and an active architectural journalist who writes primarily in public venues to explore architecture and its position as a visual and cultural practice in a rapidly changing world. Her architectural education was underpinned by undergraduate work in environmental science and policy as well as political theory. As a result, her reading, research, and writing cross over into many other fields, including cultural geography and anthropology, cultural and postcolonial studies, landscape architecture, natural history, and cartography. She is a frequent participant in conferences related to architecture, geography, and cultural studies.
With a keen interest in travel and other cultures, Lisa has taught and lectured at universities in Malaysia, Australia, and South Africa as well as throughout the United States and has worked as an international workshop teacher with the Getty Conservation Institute. She has traveled extensively as an architectural journalist and academic, in pursuit of an ever-increasing understanding of the roles architecture and space play within the dynamics of culture and power, and the role architects and their practices can perform in the exploration and manifestation of locally based modernisms.
Lisa is author of the book Building Change: Architecture, Politics, and Cultural Agency (Routledge, 2005) and the following essays: "Architecture and the Representation of Culture: The Tjibaou Cultural Center" in The Green Braid: Towards an Architecture of Ecology, Economy, and Equity (Routledge, 2007), "Once Again by the Pacific: Returning to Sea Ranch" with coauthor Tim Culvahouse in Judging Architectural Value (Minnesota 2007), “Red and Gold: Two Apartheid Museums and the Spatial Politics of Memory in the 'New' South Africa” in Places Journal online, 2011, and upcoming in 2014 from Routledge, an essay with co-author Liz Ogbu, "Becoming Visible: Appropriating the Spaces of Apartheid South Africa" in the book Consuming Architecture. With co-editors Marco Cenzatti and Abidin Kusno, Lisa was a theme editor for the spring 2010 issue of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) titled Changing Asia. Lisa served on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education from 2004–10 and as a contributing editor to Architectural Record from 2003–10.
As an architectural journalist, Lisa has written over seventy-five articles for numerous publications, including Architect magazine, Architecture magazine, Architectural Record, Harvard Design Magazine, World Architecture, Architecture Australia, Architecture South Africa, Baumeister and Places Journal. She is also author of introductions for monographs on buildings and architectural practices and of catalog essays. Recently, Lisa interviewed the 2012 Pritzker Prize-winning architect Wang Shu for an Architect magazine article on the nature of his studio practice. The visit to the Shanghai region to do this interview also allowed her to visit several of buildings by Wang Shu's practice with his wife, Lu Wenyu. She is now writing an essay comparing two recent museums by their practice, The Amateur Architecture Studio, in Ningbo, China for Places Journal.
Lisa's current research is on contemporary architects and architectural practices outside of Europe and North America that seek robust locally derived building technologies and formal, spatial and contextual building strategies that form a response to the homogenization and the capital intensive technologies of globalized practice.
Lisa has taught at CCA since 1995. She is the founder of CCA's MArch Program, served as Interim Chair for both the BArch and MArch Programs from 2005-2008, and served as Chair of the BArch Program from 2009-2012.
Samples of Lisa's writing can be found at the links below:
www.places.designobserver.com/feature/south-africa-after-apartheid-from-... (with co-author Liz Ogbu)