Designer & Writer
Samiha Meem is a designer, writer, and educator. Taking pop iconophilia, mythmaking, and infrastructures seriously as architectural artifacts, discourses, and systems, her research considers counterculture models of production derived from the protocols of fragmentation, simulation, and obfuscation within contemporary media machines. She explores the cult labor of image circulation and their ontological manifestations, the proliferation of the autotextual to displace canonical meaning ("autospace"), and historical analog precursors to modern technological imperatives. She is currently interested in synthetic images, music videos, and girl rooms.
Her writing—on cemeteries to cloud subscriptions—has been published in Real Review, e-flux, Journal of Architectural Education, SUKO Magazine, and Flash Art’s Dune. Her work and collaborations have been featured in New York Magazine, Interview Magazine, Vogue.com, Dezeen, The Architect’s Newspaper, and Art Metropole; as well as presented at Nuit Blanche Toronto, La Centrale galerie Powerhouse, Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Fully Booked Dubai and La Biennale di Venezia.
She holds an M.Arch from McGill University and a B.Arch from the University of Waterloo. She has previously held teaching positions at McGill University and lectured at the AA School. She has worked in award-winning architecture practices in New York, Toronto, and Montréal and collaborates with artists, architects, and institutions through her visual studio Meem Land.
She is the 2023-24 Howard E. LeFevre Fellow at Knowlton School at The Ohio State University, where she is an Assistant Professor teaching advanced design studios and pursuing a research-based project to be exhibited next year on girlrooms and model collapses.
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