Rebecca Carrai, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rebecca Carrai is a postdoctoral researcher at the Lise Meitner Group “Coded Objects”. She obtained her PhD in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven, Belgium, where she also co-taught the course “Who Does Architecture?”. Her doctoral project, IKEA-Land: A Counter-History of Domestic Space, uses the world’s largest furnishing company as a lens to delve into the intersection of design and architecture history, media and capitalist studies, material culture, and philosophy. She utilises multiple methodologies to explore the formation of domesticity through interconnected relationships between architecture and consumption, while including questions of gender and production.

Rebecca was a visiting scholar at Princeton University (2023), at KTH Stockholm (2022), and at the Architectural Association in London (2019-2021), where she co-led the summer school “AAVS Think Tank”. Currently, she is the co-chair of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Interest Group titled “Building Word Image”. Her work is featured in several academic publications and received funding, among others, from FWO, the Research Foundation Flanders, SAH, the Society of Architectural Historians, and DHS, the Design History Society.

•    20th-century architectural and design history and theory 
•    consumerism and material culture
•    capitalist studies
•    large corporations
•    media 
•    domestic interiors and domesticity 
•    gender and feminist theories 
•    displays and exhibition design


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