Michael Chieffalo

Mike is a doctoral student, architect, and former planning commissioner. His current research engages with processes of agrarian urbanization; socio-environmental dimensions of factory farming; the diverse built environments of industrial agriculture; and the relation between geographies of industrial agriculture and processes of planetary urbanization. This bundled set of concerns is explored using historic and comparative analysis in service of critically analyzing how organizational rationales and spatial patterning of cities and zones of agricultural production evolve over time and in different political-economic contexts. He is finally interested in how human-animal relations have been understood, and species composition in cities been transformed, over time through the industrialization of livestock production.

Holding a B.Arch from Roger Williams University, a post-professional M.S. in architecture from Columbia University, and an Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology focused MDes (Distinction) from Harvard, Mike has extensive academic training in architecture and urban social sciences. He is also an experienced architect in practice, with high-level involvement across many project types. In addition to his professional experience, Mike served as a Planning Commissioner in Norwalk, CT from 2009-2012. He was previously a Research Assistant in the Urban Theory Lab GSD, Guest Critic for final studio reviews at several institutions, and a Teaching Assistant in the inaugural design studio for the Master in Design Engineering program at Harvard.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, Mike will serve as a Teaching Fellow in Neil Brenner’s History and Theory of Urban Interventions course, and co-edit New Geographies 10: Fallow Land, forthcoming later in 2018.



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Mike Chieffalo in Prague, 2012