Surry Schlabs

Surry Schlabs

Critic
Surry Schlabs is a historian and teacher whose work engages the aesthetic qualities of shared experience, exploring a range of socially charged and participatory aesthetic and political practices, characterized by their distinctly public character and socially intensive contexts. His doctoral dissertation, Waiting for Architecture: John Dewey and the Limits of Modern Art, concerned the specific relevance of Dewey’s Pragmatist philosophy to the evolution of modernist art and architecture in the middle decades of the 20th century, and to a range of projects sharing an implicit aspiration to architecture as a way of thinking, a thing in the making, or an aesthetic limit condition – as perhaps the end of art itself. Before returning to Yale for his PhD, Surry worked for several years in and around New Haven, serving as project manager and designer at both Gray Organschi Architecture and the Yale Urban Design Workshop.
Education
BA Yale University
MArch Yale University
PhD Yale University

Courses

1109a
Fall 2022
Going Home, Again
Rachaporn Choochuey, Surry Schlabs
1107a
Fall 2021
Advanced Design Studio: Potent Voids
Lina Ghotmeh, Surry Schlabs
1103a
Fall 2019
Advanced Design Studio: Vienna—Another Day in the City
David Gissen, Surry Schlabs
1101a
Fall 2018
Advanced Design Studio
Julie Snow, Surry Schlabs
3071a
Fall 2017
Issues in Architecture and Urbanism
Surry Schlabs
3022b
Spring 2015
Architectural Theory II: 1968–Present
Anthony Vidler, Marta Caldeira, Surry Schlabs