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Irene Brisson

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I am a scholar of the built environment whose work centers historically marginalized narratives architecture and design practices of Haitians and African diasporic communities in the Americas. Having completed my PhD at the University of Michigan, I began as an assistant professor of architecture at Louisiana State University this fall. My current book project theorizes Kreyòl architecture as a design process which has continuously emerged from the interlacing of liberatory, (neo)colonial, vernacular, industrial, and diasporic spatial practices. It exceeds a fixed historical creole style. It is based on my ethnography of architects, bòsmason, NGOs, and residents involved in housebuilding in Leyogann. I consider how intimate desires, global influences, and collective politics of domestic environments reproduce and challenge the status quo of building culture.