AboutDr. Kush Patel is Associate Professor of Architecture and Humanities at Avani Institute of Design near Calicut, Kerala, India. Currently, they teach an advanced studio and integrated seminar on critical urban design studies, as well as lead courses and initiatives on architectural history-theory and the digital public humanities. Prior to joining Avani, Dr. Patel held academic appointments as Associate Faculty Librarian of Digital Pedagogy at Hatcher Graduate Library, as LSA Adjunct Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Humanities, and as Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Director of Academic Programming at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities and Humanities Collaboratory. Within U-M Library’s Learning and Teaching unit, they worked with members of the Connected Scholarship team to develop and support course- and research-based initiatives for students, faculty, and wider community partners that enrich the projects of voice, care, and participation. As Adjunct Lecturer in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA), they taught undergraduate courses on place, politics, and engaged citizenship, focusing on ways in which the community-based practices of art, architecture, and the humanities might help us understand the role and meaning of social engagement today.
Dr. Patel completed their Ph.D. in Architecture from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, where they researched issues of participatory politics, narrative building, and social production of space in the radical French architectural works of the “post-68” period. They have served as graduate student Public Humanities Fellow with Rackham’s Program in Public Scholarship, as Engaged Pedagogy Initiative Fellow with LSA’s Office of Community-Engaged Academic Learning, as Mellon Public Humanities Summer Fellow at the U-M Detroit Center, and as Project Assistant in the Art and Architecture Special Collections. Dr. Patel is a registered architect in India and they hold professional degrees with gold medal and distinction in Architecture and Urban Design from South Gujarat University, Surat and CEPT University, Ahmedabad respectively, as well as a Master of Science in Architectural Design Studies from the University of Michigan.
Education2016 PhD in Architecture, University of Michigan, USA
2011 Master of Science in Architecture, University of Michigan, USA
2005 Master of Architecture, CEPT University, India
2002 Bachelor of Architecture, South Gujarat University, India
2016 Graduate Teacher Certificate, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan, USA