Areas of Concentration: Racial and ethnic spatial boundaries in Guyana, South America
Faculty Advisor: Swati Chattopadhyay
Melina Gooray is a M.A./Ph.D. student in the History of Art & Architecture with special interests in the cultural landscape of the West Indies. Her master’s thesis “Building Under the Guyanese Sun” explores the impact of new building technologies on the design and everyday experience of residential architecture in the coastal rice county, Essequibo, Guyana. Melina is also interested in the ties between historic preservation, new media technology and community building.
Melina was a T.A. for Architecture and the Environment, Architecture and Planning, and Contemporary Architecture. She also works for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation and is developing several projects related to the reinterpretation of Casa de la Guerra. In 2015, she was awarded the Margaret Mallory Fellowship. She received the Murray Roman Curatorial Fellowship for the 2017-18 school year and will be working as the Internship Coordinator for the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at UC Santa Barbara.