Dr Moa Carlsson is a Lecturer in Architectural Design researching histories and practices of computing and information technology in design, planning and cartography in Great Britain and the United States after 1945.
She was awarded her Ph.D. (2019) and M.Sc. (2013) in Design and Computation from MIT, and her M.Arch. (2008) from Lund University, Sweden. During the 2015/2016 academic year, Moa was a visiting doctoral student at the University of Cambridge Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), and a research affiliate at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) archives in Reading.
Moa has previously taught studios, and history and theory seminars at MIT, The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), The Boston Architecture College, The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and The Architectural Association (AA). Before earning her Ph.D., she worked professionally in architecture and landscape architecture in London, New York, Vienna and Sweden.
Moa is a member of The Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), The European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), The European Architectural History Network (EAHN), The Science and Democracy Network (SDN), The Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) and The Landscape Research Group (LRG).
During Semester 2 of Academic year 2018/2019, Moa teaches in the course Architectural Design: Any Place (ARCH08006).
Dr Moa Carlsson researches histories and practices of computing and information technology in design, planning and cartography in Great Britain and the United States after 1945. Her research and teaching explore the relationships between digital media, visuality and ideas of heritage, with a specific focus on the governance of open visual space.
Her current project examines how views in the built environment become political instruments that are variously treated as geometric abstractions and lived realities. Through case studies in the UK and the US, she researches how outcomes (maps, diagrams, graphs and perspectival views) of particular computer systems have been used since the mid-1960s to strategically govern visual identities of urban and rural landscapes.
PhD Supervision Topics
History of Computing; History of Computer Aided Design; Critical Cartography; History of Mapping and GIS; History and Theory of Models, Modeling and Simulation; Planning History; Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS); Technology and Design; Digital Culture