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Suzy Harris-Brandts

Suzy is a PhD student in Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, split between focuses in City Design and Development (CDD) and the International Development Group (IDG).   Her work broadly addresses the interplays between conflict, displacement, nationality, urban humanitarian interventions, and housing rights- particularly with regards to the South Caucasus and Occupied West Bank. Prior to her doctoral studies, Suzy studied architecture at the University of Waterloo’s School of Architecture. As an architect, she has worked at a number of design and research practices across the globe including in Toronto, Vancouver, London, the West Bank and Abu Dhabi. Most recently, she has collaborated with Toronto-based Lateral Office on the 2014 Canada pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Architecture, examining the evolution of arctic architecture, urbanism, and infrastructure in the Canadian North. She is also a former Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo.