Summer Sutton

Summer Sutton is currently a doctoral student in the School of Architecture at Yale University. Prior to enrolling at Yale she was Assistant Professor at the American University in Dubai. Also in the UAE, she worked with various organizations as an architect including a role as the Principal Architect at a local Interior Design & Sustainability firm with numerous projects across the Emirates. She received her BArch degree from Cornell University with a thesis on Architectural and Cultural Rejuvenation in the Emirate of Sharjah. Her research led to a position working with the Historical Building Preservation Unit for the Government of Sharjah. Prof. Sutton’s previous teaching experience includes an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Texas Tech University where she taught courses in Contemporary Architecture Theory and a Second-Year design studio.

Her graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was focused on redefining architectural preservation and growth in Fez, Morocco through an innovative analysis and approach to a non-profit organization’s role in building conservation. In 2010, Summer Sutton receive the Robert Eidlitz Fellowship to continue her research entitled “The Walls of Fes”, on conceptual interpretations of implied interior spaces in Fez, Morocco according to Sufi epistemology and the transcendental space of the imagination.

Her research agenda includes: Surveys of Mosque Development in Sub-Sahara Africa; Contemporary University Campus Design in Iran; as well as Urban Development in Iran during the Safavid Dynasty and its implications on modern urban development in present day Iran.

Summer Sutton has been invited to speak and give presentations at numerous international conferences including: The Future of Wind Turbine Farms, Texas Tech University, USA (2009); International Conference on Islamic Art and Architecture (ICIAA 2007) at Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi, India; Veiled Constellations, York University, Toronto, Canada (2010); International Conference on Islamic Art and Architecture (ICIAA 2008) at Sharjah University; and acknowledged by Berkeley University’s “Berkeley Prize” (2009) for her research on Sustainable Architecture/Traditional Wisdom concerning Windtower Houses in the Arabian Peninsula.

2012 SMArchS Thesis: Implications of "Neo-Orientalist" Conservation in Fez, Morocco: Need for an Innovative Non-Profit Alternative