Curt Gambetta is a PhD candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture and Urbanism at Princeton University where he is writing his dissertation about the role of building materials in processes of self-making in postcolonial India. Prior to joining the PhD program at Princeton, he was the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning (2011-2012) and a teaching fellow at Woodbury University School of Architecture in Los Angeles (2012-2013).
Curt was a resident of the Sarai program of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi, India (2002-03 and 2004-05), where he was involved in a number of initiatives in new media and urban studies. He is co-editor of the digital Attention Audio Journal. Curt’s research spans the history and anthropology of building materials, fieldwork in architecture, and the spatial politics of waste. He has designed and curated a number of academic conferences, exhibitions, and public installations about infrastructure and urban experience in Houston (Lawndale Art Center, 2011-2012), Buffalo (UB/CEPA Gallery, 2012), Los Angeles (WUHO Gallery, 2014), Princeton School of Architecture (2014), and the São Paulo Architecture Biennial (2019). His research about waste can be seen at: http://assemblyoftrash.net/.