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CIS #6: Mapping as a Research Method by Prof. Susan Fitzgerald (Dalhousie University) - 17.03.2023

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On March 17 at 12h15 (ET) the 6th Common Integrative seminar was given by Prof. Susan Fitzgerald from Dalhousie University. This CIS focused on mapping as a research method. Cities exist in between formality and informality and understanding the urban context is as much about comprehending the morphology of the place as it is about observing everyday life. This seminar outlines different mapping methods to comprehend the form of the city alongside the quotidian and sensorial place-specific rhythms that collectively help to describe the urban realm.
About the presenter: Susan Fitzgerald is the design director of FBM and an associate professor at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Architecture and Planning in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Originally from the UK, she is both an architect and an interior designer involved in teaching, research, and practice. Susan’s design work has been the recipient of many accolades including the Canada Council for the Arts' Professional Prix de Rome, Governor General’s Medal in Architecture, the Wood Design Award, the EnRoute Air Canada Award in partnership with the RAIC, Maritime Design Awards, and multiple Lieutenant Governor’s Awards including the Medal of Excellence. In addition, her work has been nominated for multiple Mies’ Crown Hall Americas Prizes.
At Dalhousie University, she is the holder of multiple Social Science Humanities Research Council grants. She has been running an urban systems design studio in Havana, Cuba, since 2014 in close collaboration with Universidad Tecnológica de La Habana José Antonio Echeverría as well as authoring a book entitled Havana: Mapping Lived Experiences of Urban Agriculture, Routledge Press. Susan was made a fellow of the RAIC in 2015. In 2022 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for service to architecture.