The Avery Review
Critical Essays on Architecture
Read Issue 31

We’re delighted to devote our April issue to the winning essays of our inaugural Avery Review Essay Prize! We received over 200 submissions from six continents; each attested to the remarkable research and writing being undertaken at schools of architecture, and each reinforced how vital the critical essay remains for helping us consider architecture’s effects in the world.

First Prize went to Tizziana Baldenebro (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, M.Arch). In “Chicago Works?,” Baldenebro dissects the cultural gravity of the recent Amanda Williams show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, confronting the undervaluation of critical black female art and the museum’s inclusionary curatorial practices.

Second Prizes went to Elsa Hoover (Columbia University, BA in Architecture), Kahira Ngige (Harvard GSD, MA in Urban Planning), and Sajdeep Soomal (University of Toronto, MA in History). In “The Temporary Logics of Extraction,” Hoover investigates the violent intersection of resource extraction, land ownership, and tribal sovereignty, focusing particularly on the architectural typology of the “man camp.” In “A More Perfect Vision,” Ngige speculates on the megachurch and the urban implications of ecclesiastical architecture in Nairobi. And in “Migrancy in the Garage,” Soomal situates family history within the colonial orders of Ontario and the Punjab.

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Amanda Williams, Ultrasheen, from Color[ed] Theory Suite, 2014–2016; from “Chicago Works?: Curating Value and Representation in Chicago, Amanda Williams at the MCA” by Tizziana Baldenebro.
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