Rania Ghosn

Post-Doctoral Fellow (2010-2011)


BArch, American University of Beirut; MSc, University College London; DDes, Harvard University


Geographies of energy


Rania Ghosn is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. She joined the Pardee Center after completing her doctorate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Her dissertation, entitled “Geographies of Energy: The Case of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline,” spatializes large-scale energy systems and in particular that of the transnational transport of crude oil through the history of a pipeline across the Middle East. Rania holds a bachelor’s in architecture from the American University of Beirut and a master in geography degree from University College London. She has held research and teaching positions at the American University of Beirut, the Lebanese American University, and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Drawing on geographic theory, her research traces infrastructures of urbanization in relation to the politics of nature, technology, and representation. She is a founding editor of the journal New Geographies, which focuses on contemporary issues of urbanism and architecture, and is editor-in-chief of the journal’s Landscapes of Energy.


Editor. New Geographies #2: Landscapes of Energy (Harvard GSD: 2009).

“Flow and Its Others: Fixity, Fragmentation, and Friction,” Proceedings of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, New Orleans (2010).

“The Geographic Footprint of Urbanism.” In Urbanism and Urbanization: Transcending the Discipline, pp: 151–160 (K.U. Leuven: 2009).

“The Pipeline: Power, Infrastructure, Territory.” In GSD 08 Platform, pp: 230–233 (Harvard GSD: 2008).

Rania Ghosn, El Hadi Jazairy, and Stephen Ramos, “The Space of Controversies, Interview with Bruno Latour.” In New Geographies #0, pp: 122–135 (Harvard GSD: 2008).

“Le Secteur Privé dans l’Urbanisme des Pays en Voie de Développement: une Etude de Cas Dar El Handasah.” In Villes et Territoires du Moyen Orient (2005).