Tao Sule DuFour


Tao Sule DuFour, Research Fellow

Tao Sule DuFour is the 2013-14 SARUP research fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is an architect and scholar, whose research interest is in the overlaps between architecture, philosophy and anthropology. He is interested in philosophies of ecology and conceptions of the natural world that inform architecture, landscape architecture, and architectural ornamentation. He relates this to his further interest in exploring possibilities for mediating analogue and digital methods of drawing and fabrication. His project for the SARUP research fellowship is titled Fabricating Wilderness: Contemporary Architecture and the Return to Nature. As a vehicle through which to explore this theme, he is looking at the effect of American Transcendentalism on 19C architectural theory and production, specifically on the architectural ornament of Louis Sullivan, and the landscape architecture of Frederick Law Olmsted. Through the critical lens of philosophy and anthropology, he is exploring possibilities for concretely appropriating this architectural tradition, in the form of experiments in analogue/digital fabrication. Read More

He was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture 2012-13 at The British School at Rome, where he developed a research and design project on select works of G. B. Piranesi. He holds a PhD in architecture (2012) and an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Architecture (2004) from the University of Cambridge, England. His doctoral thesis explored the significance of the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl for ethnographic research on architecture. He obtained his BArch from The Cooper Union (2002). He is a registered architect in the UK, having worked for four years at the office of Eric Parry Architects in London. He has taught history and theory of architecture courses at Cambridge University, been an invited critic at the Architectural Association (London), as well as a teaching assistant in the foundation course in freehand drawing at The Cooper Union. He has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the Rome Prize in Architecture (BSR, 2012), an Overseas Research Scholarship Award (Cambridge, 2006), the Prince of Wales Chevening Scholarship (Cambridge, 2003), the Alpha Rho Chi Medal (2002), and the Honour Grant, Eleanor Allwork Scholarship (AIA, 2001).

PhD, University of Cambridge (UK), 2012
MPhil, University of Cambridge , 2004
BArch, The Cooper Union, 2002

Reseach Focus
Phenomenology of Architecture
Ornament and Landscape
Analogue/Digital Fabrication Interface
Drawing and Architectural Representation
Philosophies of Nature and Technology
Anthropology of Ritual and Magic

ARCH 634 / ARCH 834 Distinguished Visiting Design Critic Studio Download Acrobat Reader (PDF:2.6MB)
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Selected Work
Fabricating Wilderness - Contemporary Architecture and the Return to Nature Download Arcobat Reader (PDF:7.4MB)
Fellowship Project Video - Prototype Fabrication
Colonnofagia and the Dissolution of the Wall, Rome Prize in Architecture 2012-13 (forthcoming 2014, BSR)
Fine Arts 2012-2013, The British School at Rome (Rome, 2013), pp.9-10,48-49,62
Spazi Aperti, Accademia di Romania in Roma (Rome, 2013), pp.86-87

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