Joy Malnar

Professor Emerita, School of Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Joy Monice Malnar, AIA is a licensed architect, author and professor emerita in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her professional experience includes employment at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Malnar’s career exemplifies the value of situating an architecture school within an arts college at a research university. In her scholarship, her experience as a licensed architect was carefully integrated with other disciplines—some far beyond architectural studies—to fashion a specialization that inquires into the sensory and cultural based experiences of the built environment. 

This specialization began with her first co-authored book with Frank Vodvarka, The Interior Dimension: A Theoretical Approach to Enclosed Space (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992) which, in translation, has reached a substantial audience in South Korea. An early international leader in focusing on the sensorial aspects of architecture,  Sensory Design (University of Minnesota Press, 2004, co-authored with Vodvarka), remains in print today. The Architectural Review (UK) declared, “Sensory Design is an excellent book. It’s as much ‘Poetics of Space’ and ‘Phenomenology of Perception’ as ‘Sensory Design.’ Bachelard and Merleau-Ponty have been merged with Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Freud and Jung to create a literary, poetic and scientific analysis of how and why we experience spaces and places in the way we do. This is a serious body of work, and a rewarding object of study. Sensory Design is an important and thoroughly considered design polemic.”

Malnar turned her attention toward the application of a “sensori-cultural basis for design” to the path-breaking study of new architecture on land belonging to indigenous peoples in North America. This career trajectory resulted in the publication of New Architecture on Indigenous Lands (University of Minnesota Press, 2013, co-authored with Vodvarka). Reviewing the book, Nuno F. Ribeiro of the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre, University of Regina, Canada, writes: “I appreciate the concern and careful scholarship showcased by the authors, especially when discussing how contemporary Native architectural projects can, and should be, celebrated as evidence of a resurgence of Native cultures. Thus, books such as the present volume are not only relevant but essential if indigenous peoples are to be awarded the respect and recognition they rightfully deserve.” In addition to being a prolific author, Malnar served for several years as the first editor of the “Design Review” section of The Senses and Society journal

Sessions in which Joy Malnar attends

Thursday 6 May, 2021

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Ellen Lupton
Keynote speaker
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsoni...
David Howes
Moderator
concordia university
Professor, Sociology and...
15:30
15:30

Friday 7 May, 2021

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9:30
9:30
13:30
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Jordan LeBel
Moderator
concordia university
15:30
15:30

Saturday 8 May, 2021

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9:30
9:30
  • Session 3.1.1 WORKSHOP: Breath of Fresh Air
  • Signup required
  • 9:30 - 11:00  | 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Workshop
    WORKSHOP: Breath of Fresh Air
11:30
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  • Session 3.2.4: WORKSHOP: Self-Documenting Life
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  • 11:30 - 13:00  | 1 hour 30 minutes
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    WORKSHOP: Self-Documenting Life
13:30
13:30
Diane Roberts
Speaker
Concordia - HUMA program
PhD Candidate
David Howes
Moderator
concordia university
Professor, Sociology and...
15:30
15:30

Sunday 9 May, 2021

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  • Session 4.3.4: WORKSHOP: Body of researcher
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  • 13:30 - 15:00  | 1 hour 30 minutes
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    WORKSHOP: Body of researcher
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  • Session 4.4.4: WORKSHOP: Sound of Touch
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  • 15:30 - 17:00  | 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Talk
    WORKSHOP: Sound of Touch