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Indra Kagis McEwen, PhD

Affiliate Professor, Art History


Indra Kagis McEwen
Office: EV 3-782
Engineering and Visual Arts Complex,
1515 St. Catherine W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5599                         

Adjunct professor at Concordia since 2003, Indra McEwen has taught at several different universities and, for 13 years, at the National Theatre School of Canada.  She holds an honours B.A. in English and Philosophy (Queen’s), a professional degree in architecture, a Masters degree in architectural history and theory, and a PhD in Art History (McGill).  In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, her publications include three books:   Socrates’ Ancestor:  An Essay on Architectural Beginnings (MIT Press, 1993, now in its fourth printing), Vitruvius : Writing the Body of Architecture (MIT Press, 2003) and Ordonnance for the Five Kinds of Columns After the Method of the Ancients (The Getty Center, 1993),  a translation into English of a 17th-century French treatise by Claude Perrault.  A Romanian translation of Socrates’ Ancestor was published in 2011.  She has been regularly invited to lecture on her work in the United States and Europe, as well as in Canada and has received research grants from various institutions, including the J. Paul Getty Foundation.  She has been a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and a research associate at the same institution.  Current projects include a book that examines the role of virtù in the architectural theory of the early Italian renaissance and a collaboration with the Canadian photographer Geoffrey James on a book about the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957).

Research interests
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Politics of Architectural Theory
  • History of Cities
  • Greek and Roman Architecture
  • Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
  • Vitruvius
  • Fortifications and Fortification Theory
  • The Architecture of Jože Plečnik


  • ARTH 290 Art History and Archaeology:  Cities in Time (History of Cities)
  • ARTH 360 Studies in Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 361 Studies in Ancient Roman Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 365 Studies in 17th and 18th-Century Art and Architecture: Architecture and Conflict - The Cities of Baroque Europe
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