Open Door: Humanitarian Aid and the Spatial Planning of Cambodian Thai Refugee Camps
Harvard Law School
Location: S153, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA
Sponsor: Harvard University Asia Center
Co-sponsor: Thai Studies Program at the Harvard University Asia Center
Jennifer Ferng is an architectural historian who focuses on contemporary architecture and humanitarian ethics in Oceania and southeast Asia. She received her PhD from MIT in 2012 and earned her professional degrees in design from Princeton and Rice University.
As an assistant professor at the University of Sydney, she has written about asylum seeker boat interceptions, offshore immigration detention centers, and prefabricated housing on Pacific islands as an extension of the military industrial complex. Her articles have appeared in Change Over Time, Fabrications, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Passepartout, and Thresholds. She has contributed to the online essays organized by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) addressing refugees, shelter, and displacement.
Ferng serves on the editorial board of Architectural Theory Review (published
by Routledge) and book review panel for Leonardo at MIT Press. She currently holds a Transregional
Junior Scholar Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and
is a visiting scholar at the Harvard Asia Center, Harvard University for