Marisa Angell Brown is an architectural historian and curator with research interests in the architectural movements, buildings and spaces of the 1960s to the present. She received her PhD in architectural history from Yale University in 2014 and is the Assistant Director of Programs at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, where she teaches a course titled Critical Approaches to Architectural Preservation and Cultural Heritage. She is also Project Manager of the Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art, the leading international conference on Islamic art and architecture. Brown is the author of recent articles in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and Perspecta on the relationship between 1960s avant-garde architecture and race and is developing an exhibition titled “Brutalism, RI” featuring four significant buildings and spaces in the state designed in the 1960s. Brown serves on the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission State Review Board and the Rhode Island State House Restoration Committee. She received her BA from Princeton University in 1995, an MA in History from the University of Chicago in 1999 and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in 1996.
Genie Loci is Brown's curatorial practice, and encompasses gallery exhibitions, environmental installations, online experiences and happenings. Through this work, she seeks to create more opportunities for the public to connect meaningfully with architecture and place – to understand its histories, to appreciate its poetry and to join the public conversation about great design and civic space.