Ife Vanable

“One of my trees was in trouble: I had to get into the act. They were getting ready to take something away from our community, something too important to loose”

As of 2021, Vanable is a PhD candidate at the Columbia GSAPP. Her research falls at the intersection of architectural design, law, and public policy. Specifically, she researches how local municipalities enable the private development of low-moderate income housing, looking at private high rise towers that were erected in New York City in the 1970s. Vanable’s work unveils relationships between the design of multifamily housing, the inner workings of municipal government, conceptions of racial difference, finance, program, and family composition. She is also the founder of i/van/able, an architectural workshop and think tank based in the Bronx, New York.
DESCENT  African descent
DISCIPLINE Architectural Historian/Theoretician