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Dr Cynthia Imogen Hammond, PhD

Professor, Art History

Lead Co-Director, Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling


Dr Cynthia Hammond was born in 1969 in Hamilton, Ontario. Her parents, new immigrants to Canada, were settler-colonials from New Zealand. Hammond first studied painting, sculpture, and art history at McMaster University in Hamilton, and went on to do her MA in Art History at Concordia, graduating in 1996. She then graduated from Concordia University's Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in 2002, winning the Governor-General's Gold Medal for her doctoral dissertation in that year. After teaching at the University of Western Ontario and at Carleton University, Dr Hammond held the first SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the School of Architecture, McGill University from 2004-06. After being hired by Concordia's Department of Art History in 2006, she became Chair of that department from 2013-16. Dr Hammond is presently the lead Co-Director of the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling (COHDS).

Dr Hammond is passionate in her teaching, research, and art. Feminism is central to her interdisciplinary practice and method, and to the way she researches and teaches histories of the city. Dr Hammond's research and creation address the roles of women, animals, and biological life in shaping designed landscapes and the built environment, focusing on exclusion, access, and agency. Her publications have explored a wide range of topics, including the history of architecture, installation art, photography, as well as the politics of public history and the notion of collective heritage. Dr Hammond's work, whether as a historian, artist, or interdisciplinary worker, is always grounded in the specifics of a given place, or site, and the living knowledge of residents, citizens, and occupants of different kinds. She explores this method in her 2012 book, Architects, Angels, Activists, part of which may be downloaded here. 

Dr Hammond's most recent solo exhibition, Les Jardins des femmes, was shown at the Exhibition Room of the School of Architecture, McGill University, in June 2019 (the catalogue may  be downloaded here). Her most recent group art exhibition, Safety Strategies, was held at Studio XX in February 2017 (Montréal). Dr Hammond also works with various creative collectives (pouf! art architecture, Urban Occupations Urbaines, Points de vue, LEAP, Waters Lost, Waters Found, Feminist City Light Capers) on workshops and art projects that connect Montreal's residents with urban history, directly engaging citizens' own interest in processes of development and change (see

Between 2014-16 Dr Hammond received three "Curriculum Innovation" awards for the Right to the City, cross-disciplinary teaching initiatives in the postindustrial neighbourhood of Point-Saint-Charles. Working with colleagues in Oral History (Dr Steven High), Theatre (Dr Edward Little) and Art Education (Dr Kathleen Vaughan) Dr Hammond developed place-based, community-engaged learning that combined the study of urban morphology, life stories, and creative responses to the neighbourhood. In 2015 Dr Hammond was honoured with an Outstanding Contribution to Student Life award, and in 2017 she received the Faculty of Fine Arts Teaching Award. In 2018, Dr Hammond received a SSHRC Partnership Engage grant to support a one-year creative collaboration with the Atwater Library, the Living History seniors group (with co-applicant Dr Shauna Janssen). The resulting two public artworks will mobilize oral history and place-based research and creation in an intergenerational exchange. In 2018 Dr Hammond was awarded the Concordia University Research Award, in the category of "The Person and Society". 

Research & Teaching Interests

History and theory of architecture, landscape architecture, and the city
Urban landscapes and cultural landscapes
Gender and space
Feminist and posthumanist theory
Research-creation and interdisciplinary practice
Community-engaged scholarship and creative work
Painting and drawing

Distinctions & Awards since 2015 (see CV for full list)

Faculty of Fine Arts Teaching Award, 2017
Outstanding Contribution to Student Life Award, 2015

Camille Bédard, Art History graduate, with Dr Cynthia Hammond at a 2015 publication launch
Photo credit: Mark Clintberg, 2015
Cynthia Hammond painting at the Ninfa Studio, Caetani Cultural Centre, April 2017
Photo credit: Susan Brandoli, 2017
Cynthia Hammond (right) with Dr Ted Little and participants in the Right to the City pedagogical project, December 2015
Photo credit: © David Ward, 2015

Teaching activities

Selected undergraduate courses

DRAW 399/499 Drawing from Sites with Actions
ARTH 270 Icons of Architectural History 
ARTH 355 Studies in Architecture: House/Home 
ARTH 381 Feminism and Art History
ARTH 450 Advanced Seminar in the History of Architecture: space, experience, architecture

Graduate courses

ARTH 610 Selected Issues in North American Art and Architectural History: "Montreal: City as Palimpsest"
ARTH 627 Feminism, Art, Art History 
ARTH 636 Seminar in Architectural History: Special topic: Public Urban Landscapes: The History and Future of Parks, Gardens and Sustainable Urbanism 
ARTH 611 Industrialization and the Built Environment: The Right to the City 
ARTH 803 Thematic Questions: 'And Say the Animal Responded?' The Posthumanist Challenge for Architecture, Art, and Landscape Studies

Thesis Supervision

PhD Thesis supervision at Concordia University 

In progress:

Angela Arsenault, PhD, Humanities, “Keeper of Industrial Memory” (in progress)


Shauna Janssen, PhD, Humanities (2014), “Urban Occupations Urbaines:  Curating the Post-Industrial Landscape”

Nuria Carton de Grammont Lara, PhD, Art History (2012), “Cartographie esthétique de la globalisation sous-développée à travers l'art contemporain mexicain, 1990-2012” 

PhD – co-supervisor

In progress:

(with Dr Jean Bélisle) Ronald Portanier, PhD, Art History (in progress)

(with Dr Katherine Romba) Gabriel Cheung, PhD, Art History, Queen’s University (in progress)

Master’s Thesis supervision at Concordia University 

In progress:

Doug Dumais, MA, Art History (in progress), “Parafiction in Canada: A Contemporary Feminist Art Movement”

Marieke Gruwel, MA, Art History (in progress), “Women Architects’ Contributions to the Built Environment of Alberta”


Chanelle Lalonde, MA, Art History (2018), “A Plastic Ocean: Visibility and Affect in Contemporary Art”

Gabrielle Doiron, MA, Art History (2017), “Constructing a Canadian Children’s Paradise:  Nationalism and Gender at Play in Cornelia Hahn Oberlander’s Expo 67 Playground”

Muriel Luderowski, MA, Art History (2017), “Sound, Deindustrialization, and Gentrification: The  Changing Aural Landscape of Point St-Charles”

Laura O’Brien, MA in Art History (2016), “Artful Vandals: Urban Interventions, Street Art, and Spatial  Feminisms”

Isadora Chicoine-Marinier, MA, Art History (2016), “Symbiose au jardin (art, environnement et  communauté) :Les Paradis de Granby de Catherine Bodmer au centre d’art 3e impérial”

Jean-Philippe McGurrin, MA, Art History (2013), “Lieux d'intersections primates: Le Fondation Fauna, Québec” 

Marie-France Daigneault-Bouchard, MA, Art History (2013), “The Staging of a Megastructure, Expo 67: Manic-5”  

Noni Brynjolson, MA, Art History (2012), “Crossing Communities the Question of New Genre Public Art” 

Lindsay Cory, MA, Art History (2012), “AgoraPHILIA: A Place for Assembly in Square Viger, Montreal” 

Louis Perreault, MA, the Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (2012), “Sur la trace du renard : récit  d’une exploration photographique du site des anciennes  Canadian Steel Foundries” 

E. Kirkman, MA, Art History (2011), “Fashioning Identity: The Hostesses of Expo 67” 

Johnny Nawracaj, MA, Art History (2011), “For a Radical Posterity: Feminist and Queer Archiving Practices in the CWAHI and Bildwechsel Projects” 

Maya Soren, MA, Art History (2011), “Reclaiming Le 9e: Public Heritage at the Eaton's Ninth Floor Restaurant” 

Danielle Lewis, MA, Art History (2010) “The Inflatable Art-Architecture of Michael Rakowitz and Ana Rewakowicz” 

Mark Clintberg, MA, Art History (2009), “Commodified Generosity and Relational Abductions: The  Multiples of Felix Gonzalez-Torres” 

Shauna Janssen, MA, the Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (2009), “Reclaiming the Darling Foundry: From Post-Industrial Landscape to Quartier Éphémère” 

Susannah Wesley, MA, Art History (2009), “Finding the Sublime: Assessing Elizabeth Simcoe's Fires as an Art Practice”

Doctoral thesis committee membership at Concordia (unless otherwise stated)

In progress:

Aristofanis Soulikias, PhD, Individualized Program (INDI) (in progress)

Mandana Bhafginia, PhD Architecture, Université de Montréal (in progress)

Mikhel Proulx, PhD, Art History, (in progress)

Alex Tigchelaar, PhD, Humanities (in progress)

Martha Robinson, PhD, Art History (in progress), “Birds on the Wing: Representing Avian Bodies in the Anthropocene”

Kim Rondeau, PhD, Art History (in progress), “Desires, Narratives & Political Intent: The Feminist Canon in Art History”

Tanya Southcott, PhD, Architecture, McGill University (in progress), “Memory Makers: Women, Photography, and Demolition in Montreal, 1960-1985” 

Tina Carlisi, PhD, Individualized Program (INDI) (in progress), “Printed Matters: Aesthetics, Politics and Social Art Practice” 

Sheryl Boyle, PhD, Humanities (in progress), “A Recipe for Building: Cookery and architecture in the Early Modern period”

Tania Gutiérrez Monroy, PhD, History and Theory of Architecture, McGill University (in progress), “Women and Architecture in the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1917”


Lachlan MacKinnon, PhD, History (2016), “Deindustrialization on the Periphery: An Oral History of Sydney Steel, 1945-2001”

Taien Ng-Chan, PhD, Humanities (2016), “Detouring the Commute: Art and practice of everyday travel”

Nasrin Himada, PhD, Humanities (2015), “Activist Passion: Art, Philosophy, and the Political”

Anja Borck, PhD, Art History (2013), “Industrial and Commercial Heritage Architecture in Quebec and Germany: Change in Function”

Bianca Mancini, PhD, Humanities (2012), “Pedagogies of Movement with the City: Performance, Collaboration and the Urban”

Anna Waclawek, PhD, Art History (2009), “From Graffiti to Post-Graffiti”

MA thesis committee membership at Concordia University (unless otherwise stated)

In progress:

Mélanie Lefebvre, MA, INDI program (in progress) 

Estelle Wathieu, MA Art History (in progress)

Daniel Sáenz, MA Art History (in progress)


Véronique Chagnon-Côté, MFA Painting & Drawing (2016), “Vous êtes ici”

Marilou André, MFA Sculpture (2016), “The Poetics of Urban Intervention”

Dario Ré, MA Art History (2016), “Performing Symbiosis: Mushrooms and Contemporary Art”

Chantale Potie, MA, Art History (2015), “To Try to Make Sense of a World: Translation, Germaine Koh, Globalization”

Mélanie Binette, MA, Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (2014), “Spatial Encounters: Spectatorship in Immersive Performances” 

Pascal Robitaille, MA, Art History (2014), “La photographie transgressive de Josée Yvon”

Philippe Guillaume, MA, Individualized Interdisciplinary Program (2012), “A Study of Walking through the City in Modern, Postmodern, and Contemporary Canadian Art” 

Joanna Lemon, MA, Art History (2013), “Memories of a Wall in Old Montreal: Reassembling the Puzzle of the Past”

Amanda Fauteux, MFA, Fibres (2012), “Unruly”

Ronald Portanier, MA, Art History (2012), “The Lost Art of Naval Decoration in Eighteenth-Century French Canada”

Natalia Lebedinskaia, MA, Art History (2011), “Doubled Sense of Resistance: The Makortoff Collection of Photographs of Doukobor Daily Life, 1920-1950”

Claire Renwick, MA, Art History (2010), “Heritage Value in the Canadian City: The heritage preservation movement and Halifax's Historic Properties”

Andrea Carvalho, MFA, Sculpture (2010), “Made to Measure”

Anna-Maria Moubayed, MA, Art History (2010), “Saint-Antoine-de-Padoue co-Cathedral: Christianity, Victorian Gothic Revival, and Quebec's Hybrid Culture”

Jason Hendrickson, MFA, Photography (2010), “Domaine de la Fierté”

Caroline Boileau, MFA in Open Media (2010), “Frontières fluides” 

Elisabeth Belliveau, MFA, Fibres (2009), “Margaret’s Mountain” and “The Great Hopeful Someday”

Erin Silver, MA in Art History (2009), “No ‘Gestures of Return’? Querying Queer Aesthetics in North American Art”

Christopher Regimbal, MA, Art History (2009), “Institutions of Culture and Urban Planning: The Relationship Between Art Museums and Culture-Led Urban Planning Initiatives in two small Ontario Cities”

Gentiane Bélanger, MA, Art History (2008), “Points of Interest at the Center for Land Use Interpretation: A Tour in the Margins of Social Ecology”

Merrilee Wolsey, MA, Art History (2008), “Perceiving Voices in Contemporary Art: An Auditory Exploration of Image, Sculpture and Architecture” 

Mike Rattray, MA, Art History (2008), “Mapping the Post-Colonial Landscape Project: A Critical Analysis”

Karen Fleming, MA, Art History (2007), “St. Francis-Xavier Mission Church, Kahnawake, Quebec”

Tegan Forbes, MFA, Print Media (2007), “For Viewing Purposes Only”

Tanina Drvar, MA, Art History (2006), “Vandalism and Public Art in Montreal: A Discussion of the Works by Mark Lewis and Robert Prenovault”

Susan Bernard, MA, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University (2003), “The Altered Terrain: Reconfigurations of the Landscape by Photo-based Artists in Canada: Rodney Graham Sylvie Readman, Lorraine Gilbert”

External examiner

Tai Van Toorn, PhD, Art History, McGill (2014), “On Site, Out of Sight: Viewing Devices in Canadian Land Art, 1969-1980”

Maggie Atkinson, PhD, Art History, Queen’s University (2010), “The Fringes of Immortality: A Goodly Company and Artistic Collaborations in Visionary Art 1880-1930”

Gaius Gilbert, PhD, Communications and Art History, McGill University (2009), “No Place, Like Home: Nature as Artifact and the Displacement of Place”

Kai Wood Mah, PhD, Architecture, McGill University (2009), “Sites of Learning: The Architecture of Educational Reform in Toronto, 1847-1917”

Zubin Singh, M.Arch, University of Waterloo (2007), “The Break”

Jennifer Howes, MA, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University (2001), “The Tragedy of Being: Geneviève Cadieux, Donigan Cumming, Evergon and the Representation of Other Bodies”

Lucia Cipriano, MFA, Sculpture, University of Western Ontario (2000), “Ruses not Muses”

Recent book

Hammond's first book, Architects, Angels, Activists and the City of Bath, 1765-1965: Engaging with Women's Spatial Interventions in Buildings and Landscape (Ashgate 2012) explores cultural memory and public history in the world-renowned city of Bath, England, one of the few cities in the world to have been given World Heritage Status by UNESCO. Hammond approaches the past with the methods of the architectural historian and the site-specific interventions of the contemporary artist. Looking beyond and behind Bath's strategic marshaling of its past, and its reiteration of male architectural heroes, Hammond presents the ways that women of all classes shaped the built environment and designed landscapes of one of England's most architecturally significant cities. This book is also an intervention into the city's public memory. The author uses site-specific works of public art as strategic counterparts to her historical readings. Through them, she aims to transform as well as critique the urban image of Bath. At once a performative literature, an extensively researched history, and an alternative guide to the city, Architects, Angels, Activists engages with current struggles over urban signification in Bath and beyond.


Many of Prof. Hammond's publications can be downloaded from: For the full list of her publications, please see her CV.

Peer-reviewed essays and chapters since 2014

2018 (in revision) “Architecture, Photography, and Power: Picturing Montreal, 1973-74.” For Photogenic Montreal: Ruins and Revisions in a Postindustrial City. Ed. Johanne Sloan and Martha Langford. Montreal, Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press. (10,018 words)

2018 (in press) “The Keystone of the Neighbourhood: Gender, Collective Action, and Working-Class Heritage Strategy in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Montréal.” Journal of Canadian Studies/Revue d’etudes Canadiennes, special issue on Critical Heritage Studies in Canada, guest editors Andrea Terry and Susan Ashley. 14,724 words.

2018 “Drawings for a Thicker Skin: A Conversation with Marc Lafrance.” Body and Society, Special Issue: Skin. Marc Lafrance, ed. XX (X) 2018: 1-15.

2018 “Anne Griswold Tyng.” 50 Pioneering Women Architects. Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.

2017 “‘The Gardens will be Illuminated’: Gendered and Georgian Pleasures in Sydney Gardens, Bath.” Bath History XIV. September 2017. 5540 words.

2016 With Kathleen Vaughan (lead author) and Emanuelle Dufour. “The ‘Art’ of the Right to the City: Interdisciplinary teaching and learning in Pointe-St-Charles, Montreal.” “Education and the Community” - special issue of Learning Landscapes. Ed. Mary Stewart and Lynn Butler Kisber. 10.1 (Autumn 2016): 387-418.

2016 With Shauna Janssen. “Points de vue: Contingency, Community, and the Postindustrial Turn.” FIELD 1.3. 7256 words.

2015 “Oratory.” architecture ∣ concordia 1.1 (2015) np.

2014 “The Thin End of the Green Wedge: Berlin’s Planned and Unplanned Urban Landscapes.” In Urban Forests, Trees, and Green Space: A Political Ecology Perspective. Ed. L. Anders Sandberg, Adrina Bardekjian, Sadia Butt. Earthscan/Routledge, 2014. 207-224.

2014 “Possible” (with contributions from Camille Bédard, Eunice Bélidor, Megan Cohoe-Kenney/Le lion et la souris, Lindsay Ann Cory, Sarah Nesbitt, Laura O’Brien, Itai Peleg, Ian Rogers). In Circulation. Special issue: To Participate:  Global and Spatial Perspectives, ed. Mark Clintberg and Erandy Vergara-Vargas, 4 (2014), 6671 words.

Conference proceedings since 2014

2019 “Promenades parlantes: didacticism on the move.” Cahiers de recherche LEAP: On Didacticism in Architecture / Du didactisme en architecture.” Ed. Carmela Cucuzzella, Cynthia Hammond, Chanelle Lalonde, Sherif Goubran. 2500 words.

2018 “The edge of her garden: Sveva Caetani and the frontier of potential.”
Cahiers de recherche LEAP: Entre hétéronomie et autonomie : Penser l’architecture entre 
discipline et profession/LEAP Research Notebooks: Between heteronomy and autonomy: Thinking architecture in between discipline and profession. Ed. Louis Martin & Jonathan 
Lachance. Montréal: LEAP, 2018. 46-51.

2017 “From rust to green: postindustrial urban landscapes.” In Cahiers de recherche LEAP: Du Potentiel des grandes structures urbaines abandonnées/LEAP Research Notebooks: On thePotential of Abandoned, Large, Urban Structures. Ed. Jean-Pierre Chupin & Tiphaine Abenia. Montréal: LEAP, 2017. 46-51.

Exhibition catalogues and essays since 2014

2017 “Safety Strategies: Space, Gender and the City.” Bilingual online exhibition created in tandem with the exhibition of the same name, gallery Studio XX, Feb. 2017. Trans. Isabelle Pichet.

2016 “rescue blanket, free time, unscripted space.” In à la rescousse: the one-hour spatial residency. Montréal: pouf! art architecture, 2016.

2015 “The Twin Embrace of the Mountain and the Park.” The Park - Kate Hutchinson. Montréal: Les Éditions du renard, 2015.  Trans. Jean-Philippe McGurrin.

2015 The One-Hour Spatial Residency. Exhibition at la Maison d’architecture du Québec. 7 April 2015. Ed. Cynthia Hammond. Montréal: pouf! art architecture.

2014 Points de vue: Shauna Janssen and Thomas Strickland in Conversation with Cynthia Hammond. Montréal: pouf! art architecture.

2014 Self/Portrait/Text. Exhibition at Z Art Space, 19-25 June 2014. Ed. Cynthia Hammond (multiple authors). Montréal: Concordia University, 2014.

2014 concrète: the one-hour artist residency. Exhibition at Concordia University, 3 April 2014. Ed. Cynthia Hammond. Montréal: pouf! art architecture.

Non-refereed publications since 2014

2014 “Rue Bernard.” Flaneur Magazine. Ed. Fabian Saul. 3 (2014): 74-79.

Scholarly work in progress

“An Activist who Feels: The Later Paintings of Joyce Wieland.” For a special issue on Joyce Wieland, co-edited by Johanne Sloan and Mark Clintberg. Journal of Canadian Art History, 2019.

Conferences and presentations

Art practice and interdisciplinary collaborations

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