Cynthia Hammond

Cynthia Hammond is Associate Professor and, as of June 1st 2013, Chair of the Department of Art History at Concordia University. She holds a PhD in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Humanities from Concordia (2002), and was the first SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the School of Architecture, McGill University (2003-05). Her main areas of enquiry include the history of architecture, the role of women in the creation of the designed environment, critical and creative spatial practices, and feminist, spatial, and posthumanist theory. In addition to scholarly research and publishing, Cynthia maintains various forms of artistic and studio practice, including painting, urban interventions, sound work, and community collaborations. What links the various nodes of Cynthia’s work is her interest in how users produce space. For her, architectural history must account critically for that production, and those users, and is thus served by interdisciplinary methods – particularly those that engage with subjective and sensorial knowledge –  in the development of inclusive research questions. Cynthia has published widely in traditional and non-traditional formats; her first book, Architects, Angels, Activists and the City of Bath, 1765-1965 was published by Ashgate in 2012. She has contributed to scholarly journals such as Architecture and Ideas, the Journal of Architectural Education, and Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, as well as edited collections such as Rethinking Professionalism: Essays on Women and Art in Canada 2012), The Post-Socialist City: Continuity and Change in Urban Space and Imagery (2010),  and Feminist Practices: Interdisciplinary Approaches of Women in Architecture (2011). Cynthia sits on the international advisory council of the NEA-funded project, “Making a Place for Women in 20th-Century American Architecture” and is also a member of the international advisory committee of the Society of Architectural Historians‘ Archipedia Editorial Advisory Committee.