Aidan Flynn holds a B.A. (hons.) from the University of Toronto, where he double majored in Art History and Renaissance Studies. He recently graduated from MIT with a Master of Science in Architecture Studies (S.M.Arch.S.) in the History, Theory + Criticism discipline group. Aidan is currently a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Architecture, where he teaches seminars on queer space, architectural design, and advanced writing workshops for students in urbanism, history, and computation. His research is concerned with the complex relationships between gender, sexuality, and architecture in the early modern world through queer and feminist theories. In his scholarship and pedagogical approaches, Aidan considers these methodological intersections as simultaneously generative and anachronistic, requiring careful examination to release silences from the premodern archive through postmodern tools. These questions and challenges directed his S.M.Arch.S. thesis, Surveilling Sin: Locating Sodomy in the Early Modern Florentine Bathhouse (2021).
Aidan's current project, MIT's first-ever Queer Space Lab, graciously supported by the Chancellor's Community Innovation Fund – MindHandHeart, invited a group of 12 undergraduate and graduate researchers to investigate the archival silences of queer space in the long history of repression, connection, and livelihoods through a spatial lens at the Institute and far beyond.
4.s63 – Queer Space
4.s24 – Advanced Workshop in Writing for Architecture
4.s14 – Curating the Page: Building Media for Ourselves and Others
4.URG – Queer Space: Rwanda (independent study supervisor)