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Rebecca Lemire

Rachel Harris

PhD Student - Art History

Thesis Title



Dr. Nicola Pezolet

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



Rebecca's research looks at the intersection of Indigenous design practices and organic modernist architecture in North America, with a focus on the period 1965-75. She holds previous degrees in Art History and Museum studies from the University of Toronto, and prior to beginning her doctoral work held positions at Indigenous Arts at The Banff Centre, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, 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 SSAC journal. In addition to her research work, she curates and writes exhibition texts, and has produced work for Gallery 44, CONTACT Photography Festival, and the University of Toronto Art Center. Rebecca has received fellowships from Concordia University and the University of Toronto, a travel grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art, and a doctoral student residency at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Her PhD work is funded by a SSHRC Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. 

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