Designer & Writer
Samiha Meem is a designer, writer, and educator. Taking pop iconophilia and mythmaking seriously as architectural artifacts and systems, her research focuses on autospace: simulacra of so-called “original” material conditions formed through a combination of explicitly personal metanarratives, the confined spectacle of images, and the contemporary social economy of (over)sharing. She is currently interested in synthetic images, music videos, pornbots, girl rooms, and critical thievery.
Her writing—on cemeteries to cult labor 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, 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 cultural reality production through the exploitation of falseness under model collapses in intelligence infrastructures.
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