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 samples of “autospace”: how explicitly personal simulacra of existing spatial conditions—mediated through the confined spectacle of images and the contemporary social economy of (over)sharing—cause a narrative collapse of the “original.” She is currently interested in using intelligence infrastructures of synthetic images as a device for encoding new realities by exploiting their pre-coded unrealities.
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.
Her work and collaborations have been featured in Journal of Architectural Education, 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 lectured at the AA School and worked in architecture practices in New York City, Toronto, and Montréal. She is currently teaching at McGill University School of Architecture and collaborating with artists, architects, and institutions through her visual studio Meem Land.
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