PhD Student, Architectural History, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Desirée Valadares is a landscape architect and a 2nd year PhD Architectural History student at UC Berkeley. She is interested in the modes in which historical consciousness is institutionalized in the spatial production of collective memory and cultural amnesia. Her dissertation examines how governments utilize the built environment to stage official apologies. More specifically, her research focuses on former sites of forced institutional confinement in Canada and the United States, namely those addressed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2008-2015) involving Indian Residential School sites and the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (1990-1982) concerning Japanese American confinement sites during World War II.