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Samiha Meem

Designer & Writer

Montréal/New York

smhmeem@gmail.com


Samiha Meem is a Bengali-Canadian designer and writer. Trained in architecture, her work explores modes of representation and production within design and how that meets, shapes and/or is shaped by new media and its social topographies. Her current research is focused on the highly personal constructions, or subversions, of architecture made through the confined spectacle of the social media image—or, what she has dubbed as “autospace” (derived from the emergent term “autotheory” which describes contemporary texts that integrate explicitly subjective modes of discourse). She examines how autospace transgresses formal conventions of the technical architectural image with “real-time” intimations between creator, apparatus and observer; why autospace functions as refracted representations of our relationships to the key institutions and social categories that organize our material realities; and its palpable value as a form of space practice that, through process of simulacra and defamiliarization, extends the critical faculties required to decenter the (often oppressive) legacies of the so-called “original.” 

Meem Land is her personal creative studio where she pursues visual design and direction through collaboration with artists, architects and institutions. This includes architectural design, identities, graphics and illustrations, wayfinding, websites, print publications, product packaging, digital content and curation. Her visual work and collaborations have been featured in New York Magazine, Interview Magazine, Vogue.com, Dezeen, The Architect’s Newspaper and the Globe & Mail.

This space also simultaneously serves as an evolving archive of her personal speculative design work, writing samples and teaching portfolio. Her recent writing has been published in Flash Art’s Dune Journal for their ‘Shortcuts’ issue (themed and titled after the work of the late Virgil Abloh) and in E-Flux Architecture for their collaborative ‘Workplace’ issue with the Canadian Centre for Architecture. In her latest essay titled ‘Canonical Fictions’, she observes the microcosm of the content house to understand how creator economies instrumentalize technosocial terrain as sites of production to depart from dominant hegemonies of work but subsequently come to affirm canonical symbolism—circumscribing potential alternatives within capitalist realism's mythologies.

She is currently teaching at McGill University School of Architecture. She has previously lectured at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She holds an M.Arch from McGill University School of Architecture and a B.Arch from University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

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