Joshua Comaroff

Social Sciences (Geography)

Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor Joshua Comaroff was born in Manchester, UK, and raised in Chicago. Asst Prof Comaroff studied literature and creative writing at Amherst College before joining the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programmes at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he worked as part of Rem Koolhaas’ Harvard Project on the City. In 2009, Asst Prof Comaroff completed a PhD in cultural geography at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), writing on the subject of haunted landscapes and urban memory in Singapore. He has published writing about architecture, urbanism, and politics, with an Asian focus. His articles have been published in Public Culture, Cultural Geographies, Journal of Architectural Education, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, CITY, and elsewhere. He is also a regular contributor to the Harvard Design Magazine.

Together with his partner, Ms Ong Ker-Shing, Asst Prof Comaroff oversees Lekker Architects, a multidisciplinary design practice in Singapore. Asst Prof Comaroff works across a broad creative spectrum, with a special emphasis on design for the arts, for children, and for seniors. He is the recipient of Singapore’s President’s Design Award, and Harvard’s Wheelwright Travelling Fellowship. Together with Ms Ong, he is the author of Horror in Architecture.

Landscape, Cities and Urbanisation, Urban Geography, Religious and Spiritual Geographies, Contested Spaces, Public Space, Architecture

Modern Social Thought, Cityscapes and Urban Form