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Will Davis


Will Davis is an architectural historian interested in how people interact with plants to make buildings. He was recently a Princeton Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University, and is an Associate of the Science, Technology, and Society Cluster of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. His writing has appeared in Architectural Theory Review; Southeast of Now; Canadian Centre for Architecture; Platform; among others, and his PhD project, “Palm Politics: Warfare, Folklore, and Architecture” (2021, UCLA) was awarded the David B. Brownlee Award for most outstanding doctoral dissertation in architectural history. He is a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione Project Leader for his project Voyaging Vapors: Plant Histories of Plantation Architectures at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

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