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June Komisar

Department/ Program/Organization: Department of Architectural Science, FEAS, Ryerson University

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June D. Komisar, PhD AIA MRAIC
Associate Professor, Department of Architectural Science
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

Current research interests: Designing for Urban Agriculture, Brazilian Architecture, Creativity and Design

Current teaching interests: Teaching design studio, Modern architecture and sustainable design

June Komisar is a registered architect in Massachusetts and an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson.  She holds an M.Arch from Yale University and a doctorate in architecture, specializing in history and theory from the University of Michigan.  Recently, she has been introducing urban agriculture issues into the architectural curriculum with courses such as "Designing the Productive City: Architecture and Urban Agriculture." She teaches design, theory and history of architecture courses.  

With Mark Gorgolewski and Joe Nasr she is a co-curator for the exhibit Carrot City: Designing for Urban Agriculture (www.ryerson.ca/carrotcity). It has been touring for over five years and is on exhibit in Lausanne, Switzerland during the summer of 2014.  She is an advisor for Rye’s HomeGrown and a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council. She has served on the board of ICOMOS Canada and on the Scientific Committees of several architecture conferences.  She is the PI of the REAL lab and a co-investigator with the Ryerson Architecture APP project.


Recent Publications:

In Press    Mark Gorgolewski (lead author), Joe Nasr and June Komisar, “Resilient City = Carrot City: Urban Agriculture Theories and Designs” in  Integrated Urban Agriculture:  Precedents, Practices, Prospects Chapter 6. ed. Robert France, Karen Landman, Luc MougeotVancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

In Press  Joe Nasr and June Komisar, “Displaying Urban Agriculture from Garden City to Carrot City” in Exhibitions and the Development of Modern Planning Culture,. ed. Robert Freestone and Marco Amati, Farnham, UK: Ashgate Press, Ltd. 2014

In Press  Joe Nasr and June Komisar “Urban agriculture as ordinary urban practice: trends and lessons,” in CPUL City, ed. Katrin Bohn and Andre Viljoen, London: Routlege Press.

Joe Nasr and June Komisar,  (2012) “Integration of Food and Agriculture into Urban Planning and Design Practices” in Sustainable Food Planning: evolving theory and practice, ed. Andre Viljoen and Han Wiskerke. Wageningen, the Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers, pp 45 – 56.

June Komisar, (2012) “Designing a Better Textbook: Challenges to the Expansion of the Content of Architectural History Survey Texts,” in ABE Journal: European Architecture Beyond Europe.

Mark Gorgolewski, Komisar, J. Nasr, J. (2011) Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture, NY: Monacelli Press.

Joe Nasr, Komisar, J. &  Gorgolewski, M T.  (2009).  Designing for Food and Agriculture: Recent Explorations at Ryerson University. Open House International, 34 (2).

June Komisar  (2008) “The Art of Ornamentation” in Architectura: Elements of Architectural Style, ed. Miles Lewis, Sydney Australia: Global Publishing, and NY: Barrons.


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