Visiting Critic, Department of Architecture
Tao DuFour is an architect and scholar whose work explores the overlaps between architecture, philosophy, and anthropology. His theoretical projects and writing address philosophical and anthropological interpretations of the natural life-world that inform conceptions of architecture, building on his doctoral research on the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, and study of the theoretical heredity of Claude Lévi-Strauss. DuFour is interested in exploring the historicity of notions such as wilderness — the "wild," the "feral," the "savage," and so forth — as these relate to the history of the production of social and natural scientific knowledge. DuFour relates these research interests to his design work, which investigates possibilities for mediating traditional and computational techniques, specifically in regards to the connectivity between synthetic and analytic approaches to geometry, and the mapping of historical and physical geographies. He holds a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of architecture from Cambridge University, and a B.Arch. from The Cooper Union.