Christina Leigh Geros is an architect, landscape architect, and urban designer specialising in conducting and designing research about the intricate relationships between urbanism, ecology, and politics. Just prior to joining Monsoon Assemblages, she was the Design Director for anexact office and the Design Research Strategist for the PetaBencana.id, an applied research project in Jakarta, Indonesia within the MIT Urban Risk Lab, School of Architecture + Planning. Her work designs strategies of implementation and interfaces of investigation that bridge across platform, scope, and inquiry.
Christina holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Tennessee and two graduate degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design: a Masters of Architecture and Urban Design and a Masters of Landscape Architecture. As a research and design contributor, her work has been featured in several publications, including WIRED: Japan, Landscape Architecture Frontiers, Jakarta: Models of Collective Space for the Extended Metropolis and Harvard GSD Platform [6,7, &8]. She has also taught architecture and urban design studios at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Christina’s work specifically addresses the visual, tactile, and spatial language of cities, earth systems and phenomenona, and designed ecologies as a shared, global narrative. She is a co-founder and co-investigator in the multidisciplinary collaborative SHO, a design practice that engages with projects spanning a wide variety of scales, materials, technologies, processes, and mediums through teaching, research, and design practice. Her project initiatives have focused on evolving methods of data collection, organisation, and dissemination of knowledge to a public audience.
She has been awarded several competitive research fellowships and design competitions. In 2015, Christina and collaborator Zannah Mae Matson received Penny White Prize funding for an ongoing research and exhibition series exploring the urban metabolic dualisms of settlement and outpost in the arctic region of the North American landscape. In 2014, Christina’s proposal for Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition, Latent[e]Scapes, took first place and was installed in the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Garden in Cambridge, Massachusetts from May 2015 – 2017. An interactive and immersive media installation, Latent[e]Scapes explored the natural-synthetic landscape through systematising the implicit and explicit impacts of human and non-human forces within the garden by registering and communicating those forces through movement and light.
As a Fulbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow based in Jakarta, Indonesia, Christina’s work used written, photographic, and videographic methodologies to communicate complex urban issues to a global public audience. Working with the PetaBencana.id research team, she investigated, mapped, and blogged about the realities and impacts of the eviction and relocation cycles that result from “normalisation” efforts across the city. Through this work, she engaged with local community groups, activists, and researchers across disciplines to build robust inquiries and methods of communication accessible to a broad audience.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design:
2015, Lecturer, Summer Urban Design Studio, Career Discovery
2015, Teaching Assistant, Research Methods in Landscape Architecture, Professor Ed Eigan
2014 - 2015, Teaching Assistant, GSD1212 Landscape Architecture Design IV (Studio), Professor Chris Reed
University of Tennessee College of Architecture + Design:
2012 + 2013, Lecturer, Summer Architecture 528, Design Studio + Representation
2012 + 2013, Lecturer, Summer Architecture 425, Design Representation IV
2013, Visiting Lecturer, Winter Vertical Studio Workshop: On Mapping, Framing the Question
2012, Lecturer, Spring Interior Design 211: History, Ancients through the 19th Century
2009 + 2011, Lecturer, Fall Architecture 271: Design Studio
2010, Lecturer, Fall Architecture 371: Design Studio
Currently, I am a Research Fellow for Monsoon Assemblages. Monsoon Assemblages is a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant Agreement No. 679873)