Alan Dunyo Avorgbedor

I hold a B.A. in English Literature from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. I briefly attended the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University as a M.Arch candidate and am currently enrolled in the Interdisciplinary PhD program at Concordia University in Montreal. I recently completed a 2018 doctoral residency at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

I am interested in the legibility of tectonic and/or compositional systems as they relate to aesthetic expression in ways that register conditions for ground, edge, and subjectivity. I am specifically interested in architectural frameworks and modes of figuration that complicate the affective legislation of subject and object in an aesthetic composition. Consequently, my research generally explores the constitution of subjectivity through affective productions and aesthetic legacies, either imported or indigenous, in architectural, design, and planning environments. 

Currently, my research interrogates some of the philosophical, legal, architectural, and aesthetic norms that guide and at the same time complicate the mobilities of postcolonial urban development in Ghana, West Africa.

I am a film photographer and have exhibited at Z Arts Space in Montreal. I also compose a blend of acoustic and electronic noise as DUNYO. Selections of my writing, film photography, and experiments in music can be found at