Concordia University

Rebecca Lemire

Rachel Harris

PhD Student - Art History

Thesis Title

Indigenizing Modernism: Organic Modern Architecture in North America and Indigenous Design Practices


Dr. Nicola Pezolet

Research Interests
  • Modernist Architecture
  • Indigenous Architecture
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Design Theory
  • Organic Design
  • Postcolonial Methodologies
  • Historiography
  • "Synthesis of the Arts"



Rebecca's research looks at the intersection of Indigenous design practices and organic modernism in North America. She holds a B.A. in Art and Architectural History, and an M.A. in Museum Studies, both from the University of Toronto. She has held positions at Emily Carr University of Art & Design, Indigenous Arts at The Banff Centre, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, and the Design Exchange Museum. In 2013 she was awarded the Martin Eli Weil National Prize for her essay "Organic Architecture and Indigenous Design Tenets: Frank Lloyd Wright in Relation to the Work of Douglas Cardinal" which was subsequently published in the Journal of the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada. In addition to her research work, she writes exhibition texts and has curated shows such as "Probing McLuhan" for the CONTACT Photography Festival and "Myth into Matter: Inuit Sculpture at the University of Toronto Art Centre". Rebecca has received fellowships from Concordia University and the University of Toronto, as well as a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Most recently, she received a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship to support her doctorate.


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