Aliki Economides

Aliki Economides

Assistant Professor

School of Architecture


Aliki Economides received interdisciplinary training in architecture, in architectural history and theory, and in the history of science. Her research and teaching focus primarily on three interrelated themes, namely: the roles played by the built and natural environment in the construction of identity; the profound interrelationships between social and spatial inequalities; and the history, theory, and contemporary practice of ornament in architecture. Throughout 2016 Aliki was Scholar-in-Residence at McGill University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montréal (CIRM) where she continues to be an Associate Member. Her research has also been supported by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Rockefeller Archive Center, and the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH).

Research Interests

  • global history & theory of 19thC – 21stC architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism
  • identity and race vis-à-vis the built environment
  • social inequalities and/as spatial inequalities
  • ornament, style and the decorative arts, 19thC – 21stC    


Ph.D. History & Theory of Architecture  (Harvard University)

M.A. History of Science  (Harvard University)

M.Arch  (McGill University)

B.Arch  (University of Toronto)

Academic Appointments

2017           Lecturer, McGill University, School of Architecture

2016-17      Professeure invitée [Visiting Professor], Université de Montréal, École d'architecture

2016           Lecturer, Concordia University, Department of Art History

2015-16      Tutrice au projet final [M.Arch Thesis Advisor], Université de Montréal, École d'architecture

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Selected Public Lectures and Conferences

2018           European Association for Urban History (EAUH) International Conference, Rome, Italy  

Session Chair: ‘Cosmopolitanism, Citizenship, and the City (19th to 21st centuries)’

2018            71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), St Paul, Minnesota, USA 

Paper: “Skin, or, the Enveloping Tactics of Architectural Ornament” 

2017           The Wave: Re-imagining the Constitution  | La vague : ré-imaginons la constitution, organized by the College of the Royal Society of Canada

An interdisciplinary colloquium that took place simultaneously in Halifax, Montréal, London, Winnipeg, and Vancouver.

Moderator for "world café" format conversations on: ‘Citizenship and Cultural Diversity' [in French] 

2017            Colloque sur le patrimoine immobilier judiciaire [Colloquium on Judicial Built Heritage], Montréal

Paper : « Ernest Cormier et l’édifice qui porte son nom »    

2017            85e Congrès de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), Montréal

Paper : « L’Autoroute Ville-Marie: entre vision monumentale et exclusion socio-spatiale »

2017            105th College Art Association Annual Conference (CAA), New York

Paper: “The House, the Self, and the ‘Total Work of Art’ ”

2016            13th International Conference of the European Association for Urban History (EAUH), Helsinki, Finland

Paper: “New York City, World Capital”

2015            University of Edinburgh, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), Edinburgh, Scotland

Public Lecture: “On Collective Identity and its Edification”

2015            Buell Dissertation ColloquiumColumbia University, New York

Paper: “America is also française: building the Université de Montréal, constructing French-Canadian nationalism” 

2013            IDEA@UdeM: International Doctoral Encounters in Architecture @ Université de Montréal Colloquium, Université de Montréal, École d’architecture, Montréal

Opening Keynote: “The Current State and Stakes of the Question of Ornament” 

Knowledge Mobilization

2017-19     Documentairy filmErnest Cormier et le défi de la modernité [Ernest Cormier and the Challenge of Modernity], produced for Radio-Canada in collaboration with filmmaker Paul Carvalho.


Recent Grants and Fellowships

2018      Radio-Canada Production Contract, funded by Ici Radio in conjunction with the Canadian Film Fund (Producer: Paul Carvalho, Perception Films)    

2018      Rockefeller Archive Center Research Stipend                                                                                              

2018      Society of Architectural Historians’ George R. Collins Fellowship                                                  

2017      Society of Architectural Historians’ Opler Grant for Emerging Scholars                            

2017      Radio-Canada Development Contract, funded by Ici Radio in conjunction with the Canadian Film Fund (Producer: Paul Carvalho, Perception Films) 

2016      Research Residency, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montréal (CIRM), McGill University  



ARCH 5316           Faculty Research Seminar

ARCH 5555           M.Arch Thesis


ARCH 3515           Atelier 6: Bâtiment du nord 2


Selected Recent Publications

Economides, Aliki. “The Cormier Residence in Relief.” In The Routledge Research Companion to Art Deco, edited by Bridget Elliott and Michael Windover. New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2018. 

Economides, Aliki et Colin MacWhirter. « L’autoroute Ville-Marie: vision monumentale et division sociale ».  Dans Vivre ensemble à Montréal: Épreuves et convivialités, sous la direction d’Annick Germain, Valérie Amiraux, et Julie-Anne Boudreau, 155-162. Montréal : Atelier 10, 2017. 

Economides, Aliki. « L’Architecture, l’urbanisme, et le droit à la ville ». Dans Exposition architecture 2017. Catalogue de l’exposition des finissants de la Maîtrise en architecture de l’Université de Montréal. Montréal : Université de Montréal, 2017.

Books in Progress

Economides, Aliki. Constructing Identity: Ernest Cormier and the Project of Modernity

Shelekpayev, Nari and Aliki Economides, eds. Capital Cities in Imperial and Post-Imperial Contexts, 1880-1980. Pittsburgh, PA: Pittsburgh University Press [anticipated 2019].