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Elliott Sturtevant

Elliott Sturtevant is a Doctoral Candidate in Architecture at Columbia GSAPP. Sturtevant has received Graduate Certificates from the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, of which he is a Graduate Fellow, and Center for Comparative Media. His work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Hagley Museum & Library, and received numerous awards, including the AIA Henry Adams and RAIC Student Medals. Sturtevant previously trained as an architect at the University of Toronto, where he was a Daniels Scholar, and worked as a Research Assistant at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal. He is currently an Editorial Assistant at the Buell Center at Columbia University and Managing Editor of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative’s online publishing platform we-aggregate.org.

His dissertation, “Empire’s Stores,” seeks to understand the imperial formations of corporate capitalism in the Americas during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by studying the architecture, urbanism, and organizational structure of four firms anchored in US port cities. Working against accounts that privilege the nineteenth century’s technological annihilation of space and time, the project foregrounds media practices and physical infrastructures operationalized by the modern business enterprise to take advantage of their unevenness.

In addition, Sturtevant is currently leading a yearlong research project, “Beyond the Built: Rethinking Archival and Research Practices in Architecture,” alongside Pamela Casey, Architecture Archivist at Avery Drawings & Archives, with support from the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University.“