Michael Chieffalo

Mike is a doctoral student, architect, and former planning commissioner. His current research engages with processes of agrarian urbanization; socio-environmental dimensions of factory farming; the diverse built environments of industrial agriculture; and the relation between geographies of industrial agriculture and processes of planetary urbanization. This bundled set of concerns is explored using historic and comparative analysis in service of critically analyzing how organizational rationales and spatial patterning of cities and zones of agricultural production evolve over time and in different political-economic contexts. This agenda may, in the broadest sense, be understood as an endeavor to incorporate non-human animals into a critical history and theory of urbanization.

Holding a B.Arch from Roger Williams University, a post-professional M.S. in architecture from Columbia University, and an Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology focused MDes (Distinction) from Harvard, Mike has extensive academic training in architecture and urban social sciences. He is also an experienced architect in practice, with high-level involvement across many project types. In addition to his professional experience, Mike served as a Planning Commissioner in Norwalk, CT from 2009-2012. He was previously a Research Assistant in the Urban Theory Lab GSD, Guest Critic for final studio reviews at several institutions, and a Teaching Fellow in Neil Brenner’s History and Theory of Urban Interventions course.

In the 2018-2019 academic year, Mike will serve as Co-editor for New Geographies 10: Fallow, forthcoming fall 2018, and Adjunct Professor at Roger Williams University.



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Mike Chieffalo in Prague, 2012