Rana Abughannam (left) and Tania Gutiérrez-Monroy

SALA is excited to announce the addition of two new Assistant Professors: Rana Abughannam and Tania Gutiérrez-Monroy. 

Rana Abughannam is a Palestinian architect, researcher, and educator. Her research interests revolve around the socio-political conditions that govern architecture and urbanity. Rana is concluding her doctoral research in the School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University, built on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. Her PhD dissertation, supported by a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, focuses on built heritage rehabilitation in Hebron, Palestine, as a counter-colonial project. Through her doctoral research, she has worked collaboratively with grassroots organizations on various rehabilitation and design projects. Rana’s research works towards paradigms of counter-colonization exemplified in indigenous, bottom-up, and constant practices of resistance against ongoing colonial projects. Rana is a registered architect in Palestine and Jordan. She obtained her professional degree in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University in Palestine and received her post-professional Master in History and Theory of Architecture from McGill University.  Rana has taught history of architecture courses and design studios at the Canadian University Dubai and Birzeit University. Rana was also a contract instructor at Carleton University, teaching both graduate and undergraduate design studios, as well as history and theory seminars.

Tania Gutiérrez-Monroy is an architectural historian who studies architecture as a material and signifying practice that spatializes colonial and patriarchal forces as well as resistance mechanisms. Her research focuses on the ways in which different categories of identity intersect, are negotiated in, and transform space. Thematically, her work spans historical examples of ephemeral and practiced architectures, race and gender in spaces of conflict, and landscapes of Indigenous resistance. Prior to joining SALA, Tania was an assistant professor of architecture at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and she held the Emerging Scholar Fellowship at the G. Hines College of Architecture and Design at the University of Houston between 2021 and 2022. She holds a PhD and an MSc in Architecture from McGill University, as well as a BArch from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She has also taught architectural history, theory, design, and research methods at the University of Houston, the University of British Columbia, Louisiana State University, and Université Laval.

Both Rana and Tania will begin the school year teaching in the Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urbanism (BDes) program. This fall, Rana will lead  DES 401: Design Studio V and DES 422: Urbanism by Design, with Tania leading DES 301: Design Studio III. 

As we prepare to welcome Rana and Tania this September, we asked them about their research, teaching, and what they look forward to about living in Vancouver.