Wanda Katja Liebermann 10.28.20 - Architecture Lecture

Design and Disability has an important history at Berkeley, but it could also have a future here. Wanda Liebermann’s lecture will trace the trajectory of disability and design from its local roots to new practices, based on the experience of disability, that stimulate new ways of thinking about form, space, and experience.

Wanda Katja Liebermann is an Assistant Professor of Architecture. She holds a Doctor of Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, with a Secondary Field in Science and Technology Studies, and a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She is a licensed architect who practiced for a dozen years, working on commercial, multi-family, and custom residential projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Her research focuses on theories and practices of architecture and urbanism linked to the politics of identity and embodiment, and particularly, disability rights. Her work draws on scholarship in science and technology studies, feminist, race, and disability studies, examining how design and design practices shape personhood, agency, and citizenship. Liebermann’s work has appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Future Anterior, Journal of Design History, and the Journal of Architecture. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Architecture’s Problem with Disability, (Routledge 2022). In 2018, Wanda won the 2018 Arnold W. Brunner Grant by AIA New York and the Center for Architecture for her project “Right to the River: A Critical Geography of the New River, Broward County, Florida.” She is currently writing an article about infrastructure, environmental justice, and race in this region.