Carter Manny Award

  • 2021–22 Carter Manny Award Citations of Special Recognition

Seçil Binboğa
University of Michigan, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Architectural History and Theory
“Scaling the Region: Visuality, Infrastructure, and the Politics of Design in Cold War Turkey”
2021–22 Carter Manny Writing Citation

By exploring how the American Cold War deployed environmental and infrastructural design technologies to recast existing ways of knowing about nature and space, this dissertation elucidates the transformation of Turkey's national territory into a regional testing ground for nascent regimes of financial extraction and warfare.


Amy Chang
Harvard University, Department of History of Art + Architecture
“Architecture at the Edges of Empire: Seville, Manila, and the Formation of Spanish National Architecture, 16–17th Centuries”
2021–22 Carter Manny Research Citation

Executing a sequential study of Seville and Manila, this dissertation examines the ways in which Islamicate vernacular architecture, and the question of how to describe it, was critical to the formation of Spanish national architectural identity in Iberia and then in its global empire.


Chuan Hao (Alex) Chen
University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology
“Biocontainment Architecture: Constructing Race at the Border of Emerging Diseases and the American Nation”
2021–22 Carter Manny Research Citation

This dissertation examines how biocontainment architecture, as part of the biosecurity apparatus in the United States, constructs American racial relations under emerging pandemics.


Matthew Slaats
University of Virginia, School of Architecture
Constructed Environment
“Infrastructures of the Marvelous: Exploring contemporary, Black grassroots social transformation in the Southern United States”
2021–22 Carter Manny Research Citation

A participatory action research project that studies the way Black grassroots movements in the Southern United States are presently imagining and realizing new economic and political systems to create resilient cities.


Y. L. Lucy Wang
Columbia University, Department of Art History and Archaeology
Modern Architecture
“Contagious Places, Curative Spaces: Disease in the Making of Modern Chinese Architecture, 1894–1949”
2021–22 Carter Manny Research Citation

Tracing the emergence of professionalized architecture in Greater China, this dissertation examines how a hygienic consciousness entered architectural expertise and how architects, doctors, land-surveyors, and engineers integrated new understandings of disease.


Zhiyan Yang
University of Chicago, Department of Art History
Modern and Contemporary Art, Asian Art
“Reinventing Architectural Culture in Post-Socialist China, 1979–2006”
2021–22 Carter Manny Writing Citation

Through an examination of the notion of “jianzhu wenhua” (architectural culture) in China from the end of the Cultural Revolution to early 2000s, this dissertation studies a time of rapid economic development and unprecedented urbanization, and historicizes how architects, scholars, critics, artists, and curators deployed a variety of strategies to liberate the discipline from both persisting socialist ideologies and newly prominent capitalist agendas.