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Reimagining Learning & Research

Wed, Jun 9, 2021    6pm

The Post-COVID Future of Avery Library and Its Key Partnerships: Reimagining Learning and Research

Over the past year Columbia swiftly reinvented itself to assure continued instruction and access to its scholarly resources. Still, safety concerns have led to painful limitations across its various schools, centers and libraries. GSAPP reimagined the design studio and fabrication lab as virtual learning environments. To better serve its core communities, the Avery Library has had to turn away numerous other audiences reliant on its archives, rare materials and research collections, just as many public archives and research collections shuttered themselves to all. These constrictions have necessitated new approaches to design, research, and documentary methodologies, which are simultaneously being challenged by growing awareness of structural biases and exclusionary practices.

Dean Amale Andraos, Hannah Bennett, Director of the Avery Library, Assistant Professor Ateya A Khorakiwala, Caitlyn Campbell, ‘21 MSCCCP, and Charlette Caldwell, PhD, Architecture, will explore this new landscape of learning and research and the impact it will have on the scholarly record for architectural history and design. The panel will address questions such as what goals or ambitions, developed prior to the pandemic, have been reinforced by the pandemic? What has the pandemic prevented and how will that change assumptions about libraries and approaches to research and practice? During the pandemic, we also witnessed the epic impact of BLM forcing an interrogation of equity and representation among library collections, spaces, and services as well as in curricula, programming, and research practices. The panel will reflect on how these developments, beyond the pandemic, provide an opportunity to contribute to a more inclusive and interdisciplinary research landscape.


Free and open to the public. Virtual events hosted on Zoom Webinar do not require an account to attend, advanced registrations are encouraged.

GSAPP is committed to providing universal access to all of our virtual events. Please contact Lyla Catellier via email at events@arch.columbia.edu to request accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.