Jilly Traganou

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Associate Professor of Spatial Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory, Parsons School of Design

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Jilly Traganou (PhD, University of Westminster) is an architect and associate professor in spatial design studies at the School of Art and Design History and Theory at Parsons School of Design. She previously held teaching positions at the University of Texas at Austin (2000–2002, 2005), and at the University of Thessaly in Volos (2002–2004). She is the recipient of the 2016 Design Incubation Award for Scholarship.

Traganou’s work examines space and architecture in intersection with the field of design studies, and her current work is focusing on relations between design, dissent, migration and conditions of crisis, as well as on design’s role in the configuration of new national and postnational identities. She is the author of two books, Designing the Olympics: Representation, Participation, Contestation (Routledge 2016), and The Tôkaidô Road: Traveling and Representation in Edo And Meiji Japan (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004), and co-editor with Miodrag Mitrasinovic of Travel, Space, Architecture (Ashgate, 2009). Traganou has guest-edited two special issues: “Visual Communication Design in the Balkans” (The Design Journal, 18:4, 2015) together with Artemis Yagou, and “Design Histories of the Olympic Games,” (Journal of Design History, 25:3, 2012), while a special issue on “Design and Society in Japan” co-edited with Sarah Teasley and Ignacio Adriasola is currently under production (Review of Japanese Culture and Society).

Traganou has chapters in various books including Cartographic Japan, (Chicago University Press, 2016), Design as Future-Making (Bloomsbury, 2014), Icons of Design (Bloomsbury, 2014), Remembering the Glory Days of the Nation: Sport as lieu de mémoire in Japan (Routledge, 2012), Critical Cities Vol. 02 (Myrdle Court Press, 2010), Global Design History (Routledge, 2010), Suburbanizing the Masses: Public Transport and Urban Development in Historical Perspective (Ashgate, 2003), and Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo (RoutledgeCurzon, 2002). Her forthcoming publications include chapters in the Encyclopedia of Asian Design (Bloomsbury) and Design Studies Companion (Routledge).

Traganou served as Book Reviews editor for the Journal of Design History from 2010 to 2015. She has published in numerous journals (Journal of Modern Greek Studies, Design Issues, Journal of Design History, Design and Culture, Journal of Sport and Social Issues, L’architecture d’aujourd’hui, Journal for Architecture Building Science of the Architectural Institute Japan, and Αρχιτεκτονικά Θέματα) and has lectured and participated in conferences internationally.

Besides writing, Traganou has produced the film “Olympic Design: Mexico 1968: Visual Identity: Lance Wyman,” the exhibition “Design and Disaster: Kon Wajiro’s Modernologio” co-curated with Izumi Kuroishi (Sheila C.Johnson Design Center, Parsons, and Ponte 9 Gallery, Macau, 2014), two practice-based collaborative research projects “Spatial Imaginary and Multiple Belonging: The “Open House” Workshop with Eleni Tzirtzilaki and Lydia Matthews (Byzantine Museum Athens, 2008), and “Migrant Tree” project, with Lydia Matthews, Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, Natalia Roumelioti, Holly Wolf, and Eleni Tzirtzilaki (El Jardin Del Paraiso community garden, Manhattan, 2010). She has also collaborated with schools in Austin, Texas, Brooklyn, and Manhattan in introducing design thinking concepts to students of preschool and K–12 ages.

Traganou’s has been a fellow of the Fulbright, Bard Graduate Center, The Japan Foundation, and Princeton Program in Hellenic Studies. Her research has been supported by the Design History Society, European Union S&T Post-Doc Fellowship Program in Japan, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Graham Foundation, Greek State Scholarship Foundation, and the Ministry of Education in Japan.

In this video, Traganou discusses the relationship between belonging and place, and processes of co-design as a method of bringing together people with disparate social identities. More information on Traganou’s scholarship is available on her Academia profile.

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