Alan Dunyo Avorgbedor

Assistant Professor
Alan Dunyo Avorgbedor
Contact Information
Email address: 
alan.avorgbedor [at]
Macdonald-Harrington Building, Room 306

B.A. (Ohio State), J.D. (Fordham Law) Ph.D. (Concordia)

Research areas: 
African architecture
African technicity and embodied spatiality
Race and architecture

Alan Dunyo Avorgbedor is an Assistant Professor at McGill University’s Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture. His research explores the ways in which African Technicities, as a suite of culturally embodied dwelling practices, informs sensorial, hodological, and ultimately epistemological relationships within natural and built environments in sub-Saharan Africa and across the diaspora. Avorgbedor's research situates new frames for comprehending how architecture, post-phenomenology, and African epistemologies relate to black lived experience. As such, the interpolation of these analyses with contemporary and customary African dwelling practices helps to elucidate the complex set of spatial relations that constitute embodied expression in the natural and built environments of Africa and the diaspora.

In addition to his scholarly development of issues of technicity, embodiment, and culture in natural and built environments, Avorgbedor is an artist engaged in a new media practice that encompasses audiovisual analog instrumentation, film-based photography, and modular synthesis. He performs and explores interference signals and their figural chromatic aberrations in correspondence with mechanical and analog transport systems to modulate the expressive character of the medium. Avorgbedor is currently working on a series of analog portraits of contemporary and historical African and diasporic figures oscillating at the margins of architectural, spatial, and mobilities discourse.

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