Professor Saloojee previously taught at the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, where he was an Associate Professor of Architecture with affiliate faculty status in Landscape Architecture and Religious Studies. Before moving to Minnesota in 2005, he studied, taught and practiced architecture here in Ottawa, receiving his B.Arch and Post-professional M.Arch (Theory and Culture) from Carleton University. He completed his PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London) under the supervision of Dr. J. K. Birksted and Dr. Iain Borden.
Professor Saloojee teaches courses in architectural design, urbanism and history that explore themes and questions of infrastructure, post-coloniality, and alternative urban and landscape futures. His research and academic interests include a focus on politically contested terrains, as well as on ideas of resiliency and adaptive infrastructures and landscapes through the intersection of architecture, landscape and cultural geographies. He is currently working on a project called “The Incommensurate Archive,” an outcome of his doctoral work that explored the issue of the archival gap in South Africa’s colonial past and post-colonial present.
He continues to work in partnership with colleagues at the University of Minnesota on a long-term initiative with the city of Duluth, Minnesota, investigating questions of resiliency, adaptation and failure across large-scale urban systems. He remains involved in a number of interdisciplinary, multi-partner collaborations, including the Great Lakes Design Lab (with professors Vince Debritto, Karen Lutsky, James Wheeler and Mae Davenport at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Changing Landscapes). Here in Ottawa he partners with Professor Catherine Bonier on the co-directorship of the Carleton Urban Research Lab (C.URL) at the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism whose focus centers of water, cities and equity.