New Faculty Join Sam Fox School

Posted by Sam Fox School August 19, 2019


As the 2019-20 academic year begins, the Sam Fox School welcomes the following new tenured and tenure-track faculty:

Shantel Blakely, assistant professor

With a background in both architecture and philosophy, Shantel Blakely is an architectural historian whose research explores forms of rhetoric, monumentality, and configuration that have motivated architects since antiquity. Her principal subject area is architecture after World War II, focusing on the Italian neo-avantgarde in the situation of recovery and industrialization. She is currently working on a monographic study of Marco Zanuso’s designs for modular buildings and mass-produced furniture. Blakely’s research on Sir Herbert Read has been supported by the Richard Rogers Fellowship, Henry Moore Institute, and the Paul Mellon Centre. She has taught courses at Columbia University GSAPP, Barnard College, and Parsons School of Design, and she served as the public programs manager at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She has also worked at Roger Hirsch Architects and Maryann Thompson Architects, and her essays and translations have been published in AA Files, Avery Review, PLOT, Log, and other journals. Blakely holds a PhD in the history and theory of architecture from Columbia University, an MArch from Princeton University, and an MA in Philosophy from Tufts University. Blakely will teach courses in history and theory. Full bio>>

Wyly Brown, assistant professor

Wyly Brown is a founding partner of Leupold Brown Goldbach Architekten, and he is a licensed architect in both Germany and in the United States. He holds a BA in Anthropology, and spent several years researching the connection between cultures and monuments through the reconstruction of full-scale, functional objects. His past projects include the reconstruction of Finnish reindeer-pulled sledges, Egyptian obelisks, British siege-engines, and Medieval human-powered cranes. He earned his MArch from Harvard University and spent two years at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design at the University of Stuttgart conducting research on rapidly deployable disaster relief structures. During his tenure at Behnisch Architekten, he developed parametric optimization design tools that were implemented on several award-winning projects, including the Max-Aicher Speed Skating Arena and the “Spider’s Web” of the Spinnereipark. In addition to his professional practice, Brown has taught parametric design and fabrication methods at the Technical University of Munich and design-build community service courses at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Brown's teaching focus will be building technology. Full bio>>

Amy Hauft, director, College & Graduate School of Art; Jane Reuter Hitzeman and Herbert F. Hitzeman, Jr. Professor of Art

Amy Hauft most recently served as the Leslie Waggener Professor in Sculpture at the University of Texas at Austin, with previous academic appointments at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Tyler School of Art. She makes architectural-scale installations in which landscapes seem to occur in indoor settings. Each artwork intersects the haptic with the cognitive. With time, an implied logic for the project floats to the surface, a logic that both challenges and concentrates the viewer's physical memory. She has exhibited at venues worldwide, including the Brooklyn Museum, The New Museum, the American Academy in Rome, and MoMA PS1. She has received significant support from the New York Foundation for the Arts, PEW Foundation Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, Howard Foundation, and the Public Art Fund. Her international residencies include the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship in Italy and the International Artists Residency Fellowship in Poland. Hauft earned her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Full bio>>

Jack Risley, professor

Jack Risley’s large-scale sculptures transform the familiar into the uncanny. Animated by seemingly incongruous relational arrangements, wardrobe boxes, camping tents, drinking glasses, ripe oranges, whiteboards, containers, and industrial dust mops all become sites of tender exchange. Are these objects and automata relics of an abandoned past or instruments of a future-in-progress? Each sculpture invites the viewer to reconsider the physical and spatial anomalies of our built environment. Risley studied at The Cooper Union and earned his BA from Oberlin College and his MFA from Yale School of Art. He has had a long association with Postmasters Gallery, and his work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, the American Academy in Rome, the Vienna Secession, and Yale University Art Galleries. Most recently, he was the Meredith and Cornelia Long Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. His many honors include the Rome Prize, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. Risley will be teaching 3D design and sculpture this year, in addition to working closely with the Dean's Office on strategic initiatives. Full bio>>