Somayeh Chitchian

Somayeh Chitchian

Harvard Graduate School of Design

Somayeh Chitchian is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As a trained architect, her work focuses on spaces in/of migration. Her research lies at the intersection of critical urban studies and migration research guided primarily by the decolonial framework of ‘border thinking.’ Her dissertation, Logistification of Migration: Corridors of Circulation, Bordering, and Inhabitation, centralizes the migration-corridor nexus as its main theoretical and spatial frameworks of analysis. It understands both logistical corridors and migratory movements as codependent and coproduced modalities of bordered circulation.

Somayeh is a trained architect (B.Arch and M.Arch) from Delft University of Technology in the Netherland and holds a Master in Design Studies degree (MDes) in Critical Conservation (with distinction) from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Her doctoral research has been supported by the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany. She is also a doctoral fellow at the Urban Theory Lab at Harvard GSD (/University of Chicago). At Harvard, she has held various appointments as teaching and research fellow.

In addition to her writings, Somayeh believes in the importance of bridging academic confines through, amongst others, the usage of visual and design languages. She can be reached at