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Todd Levon Brown


Advisor: David Chapin MArch

Todd received his B.A. in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005. Following his undergraduate degree, he continued at the same institution to earn two graduate degrees: a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and Industrial Hygiene in 2007; and a Master of Architecture (MArch), with a focus on environmental and social justice, in 2010. Todd has studied and researched architectural design internationally at: the Universidad Autonóma de San Luis Potosí (San Luis Potosí, Mexico); the Universität der Künste (Berlin, Germany); and the Institut D’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). Additionally, Todd has worked on sustainable design projects as part of the student-based volunteer group, Global Architecture Brigades, in Coclé, Panamá.

While at the University of Illinois, Todd served as an instructional staff member for several undergraduate psychology courses in addition to serving as a research team member on projects in public health and education. Todd currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Hunter College’s Department of Psychology and Queens College’s Urban Studies Department. He has also been an invited juror and guest architectural critic at the University Of Illinois School Of Architecture and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Todd’s current research is situated in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York, where he is investigating the perception of racialized space as a predictor for architectural evaluation and meaning. In this research, he is examining the role of architecture in the social dynamics of gentrification by exploring the effects of perceived spatial whiteness/non-whiteness on the perception of architectural spaces and their occupants.

Research Interests: environmental justice and social equity in architectural design and urban planning; gentrification; the perception, evaluation and meaning of racialized space; the social construction of space and place; environmental planning and sustainable development; the role and potential of architectural space in social disparities; the juxtaposition of public/environmental health and architecture; race, class and place

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