12:00pm - 6:30pm EDT March 29

Harry der Boghosian Fellowship Symposium: Pet Plants

Throughout the academic year, Lily Chishan Wong, the school’s seventh Boghosian Fellow, has been teaching an architecture studio and two professional electives focusing on her research project, “Producing Nature” that examines the use of vegetation in architecture and its spatial, socio-political and environmental dimensions.

Plants are the new pets. We share our homes with monsteras, work in offices with philodendrons, and grow calatheas in the lobbies of all our buildings. Plants are perhaps best understood as a “companion species.” As co-inhabitants of our world, pet plants have become the inspiration for a new aesthetics, and they serve equally well as tokens of well-being. Plants require constant care and are bred for optimized growth. They are legacies of empires and are at the same time technoscientific commodities. Staged through seven, human-plant performances organized as a “Pet Plants Symposium,” we aim to explore this new valuation of plants and speculate on new forms of engagement with all manner of vegetal beings.

Wong, along with Timmy Simonds, will moderate the discussion.


Noon – 5 p.m., Slocum Hall Marble Room

Panel Discussion

5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Slocum Hall Atrium


Aidan Ackerman
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Cooking Sections
Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe

Michael Wang

Nocturnal Medicine
Larissa Belčić & Michelle Shofet 

Timmy Simonds
Artist; Adjunct Associate Professor, Pratt Institute

Xavi Laida Aguirre
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Founder/Director, stock-a-studio

*Cooking Sections will perform virtually.