Helen Gyger

Part-time Lecturer

Modern Architecture and Urbanism
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2013
M.A., New School for Social Research, 2004
B.A. (Visual Arts), University of Sydney, 1995

Contact Info

Office: 915-916 Schermerhorn
Office Hours: Thursdays, 12-2


Helen Gyger has taught courses on architectural history and theory at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Yale School of Architecture, Parsons/The New School for Design, and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the architecture and built environments of Latin America in the modern period, and contemporary patterns of urban informality, considered as a global phenomenon.
She is the co-editor (with Patricio del Real) of Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (Routledge, 2012), an anthology of previously unpublished essays by emerging scholars from Latin America, Europe, and the United States. She completed her PhD at Columbia University in 2013 with a dissertation titled The Informal as a Project: Self-Help Housing in Peru, 1954–1986.

Selected Publications

Co-editor (with Patricio del Real), Latin American Modern Architectures: Ambiguous Territories (New York: Routledge, August 2012).

"John F. C. Turner in Peru: Reflections on the Development of a Practice" in Human Settlements: Formulations and (re)Calibrations (Amsterdam: SUN, 2010).