UF College of Design, Construction & Planning

Vandana Baweja

Assistant Professor
School of Architecture
352-294-1465
Education:

Ph.D. History and Theory of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
M.Sc. History and Theory of Architecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
M.A. Histories and Theories of Architecture, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, UK.
Five Year Undergraduate Diploma in Architecture, Sushant School of Art and Architecture, India.

Teaching:

ARC1701 Section 4880 Architectural History One
ARC 3880 Section 4171 Sustainable Architecture
ARC 6883 Section 046A Vernacular Architecture and Sustainability
ARC 6228 Section 168H Film and Architecture
DCP7794 Doctoral Seminar
DCP7911 Advanced Design, Construction and Planning Research I

Vandana Baweja is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture and the Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment Program. She got her PhD in history and theory of architecture at the University of Michigan in 2008. She was trained as architect in New Delhi, India and got a masters in history and theory of architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture in London. She is the book reviews editor for Arris: The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. She is a recipient of a 2015 grant from the Florida Humanities Council to organize a symposium on the histories of modernism in Florida. She also received a grant from the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) at MIT in 2015 on Global Cities in Cinema.

Vandana’s areas of research are: global histories of Tropical Architecture and global histories of Sustainable Architecture, and translation of global paradigms of architecture and urbanism in India, particular their representation film and photography. Her research areas reflect my joint teaching appointment in the School of Architecture and the Bachelor of Science and Sustainability and the Built Environment in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning. Through publications and teaching, she has reflected upon how these areas of enquiry – histories of Sustainable Architecture, and South Asian architecture and urbanism, – intersect through the histories of Tropical Architecture. She has been researching the work of Otto Koenigsberger, a Jewish émigré architect, who worked in India from 19391951 and later established the department of Tropical Architecture in London in 1954 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. In a journal article titled, “Messy Modernisms: Otto Koenigsberger’s Early Work in Princely Mysore 1939–1941” published in South Asian Studies in 2015, she established how the forces of globalization problematize the notion of local Indian architecture. In the journal article “Otto Koenigsberger and Tropical Architecture” published in Arris – The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians in 2014 and a book chapter “Otto Koenigsberger and the Tropicalization of British Architectural Culture,” in the book titled Third World Modernism edited by Duanfang Lu, she argues  how colonial architectural culture in India informed Tropical Architecture in Europe through architects like Koenigsberger who moved freely along the networks of the British Empire. She has asserted how the knowledge generated through Tropical Architecture discourse later informed ideas about sustainable architecture in “The Beginning of a Green Architecture: Otto Koenigsberger at the Department of Tropical Architecture at the Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture, London, UK” published in Fresh Air: Proceedings of the 95th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture ACSA (ACSA) Annual Meeting, March 8–11, 2007, Philadelphia, PA.

Through the teaching of large required history surveys in the School of Architecture and her research in the histories of sustainable architecture, she published a pedagogical essay titled “Sustainability and the Architectural History Survey” in EnquiryThe ARCC Journal (Journal of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium), Volume11, Number 1 (2014). This paper examines how sustainability as a paradigm can be incorporated in the architectural history survey. This paper firmly established my credentials as a teacher of architectural history surveys and sustainability courses.

Her research on translation of global paradigms of architecture and urbanism in India, particular their representation film and photography, has resulted in research on Mumbai through two publications. The first, “Architecture and Urbanism in Slumdog Millionaire,” in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, (Spring 2015), examines how the film Slumdog Millionaire represents Mumbai’s recent urban changes that have resulted due to global neoliberal urban policies. The second publication on Mumbai titled – “Dharavi Redevelopment Project: Contested Architecture and Urbanism,” in the Proceedings of the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA 2015) – examines why the neoliberal Dharavi Redevelopment  Project, a slum rehabiltation project in Mumbai is highly contested. She has also been invited to review books on Mumbai—House, but No Garden: Apartment Living in Bombay’s Suburbs, 18981964, By Nikhil Rao published in Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Volume 25, Number 2 (Spring 2014) and A Joint Enterprise: Indian Elites and the Making of British Bombay, By Preeti Chopra published in Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 
Volume 19, Number 2, 2012. In 2015, she became the book reviews editor for Arris – The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Select Publications  
Baweja, Vandana. “The Porch as a Threshold in Between Architecture and Landscape Architecture: Igor B. Polevitzky’s Birdcage House (1949) and the Florida Tropical Home,” Wolkenkuckucksheim | Cloud-Cuckoo-Land | Воздушный замок, (Internationale Zeitschrift zur Theorie der Architektur) International Journal of Architectural Theory, Vol. 20, Issue 34 (2015), 73–94.

 

Baweja, Vandana. “Architecture and Urbanism in Slumdog Millionaire,” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Volume 26, Number 2 (Spring 2015), 7–23.

 

Baweja, Vandana.”Dharavi Redevelopment Project: Contested Architecture and Urbanism.” In The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center: Proceedings of the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), March 19–21, 2015, Toronto, Ontario, edited by Lola Sheppard and David Ruy, Washington, DC: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Press, 2015.

 

Baweja, Vandana. “Messy Modernisms: Otto Koenigsberger’s Early Work in Princely Mysore 1939–1941,” South Asian Studies, Volume 31, Number 1 (March 2015), 1–26.

 

Baweja, Vandana. “Sustainability and the Architectural History Survey,” EnquiryThe ARCC (Architectural Research Centers Consortium) Journal, Volume11, Number 1 (2014), 40–51.

 

Baweja, Vandana. “Otto Koenigsberger and Tropical Architecture,” Arris – The Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Volume 25 (2014), 2–17.

 

Baweja, Vandana.”What’s Next for Architectural History? Sustainability and the Architectural History Survey.” In Where Do You Stand: Proceedings of the 99thAnnual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), March 3–6, 2011, Montréal, Canada, edited by Alberto Pérez-Goméz, Anne Cormier and Annie  Pedret, 452–57, Washington, DC: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Press, 2011.

 

Baweja, Vandana. “Otto Koenigsberger and the Tropicalization of British Architectural Culture.” In Third World Modernism, edited by Duanfang Lu, 236–54. London: Routledge, 2010.