Sharóne Tomer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

M.Arch., University of Oregon

M.Phil., University of Cape Town

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

M.Arch., University of Oregon

M.Phil., University of Cape Town

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Sharóne Tomer teaches design studios and the Building Cities course. Her work sits at the intersection of architectural history and urban studies, through research that explores how architectural practices operate within and address conditions of urbanized inequality, with attention to issues of race, gender and climate change. Her doctoral dissertation, “‘After’ Modernism: Architectural Articulations of Apartheid’s End in Cape Town,” examines how architects’ aspirations for political and spatial change were negotiated with state policy and grassroots activism. This research has led to numerous conference presentations and peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is the subject of a monograph book project.

Sharóne’s teaching, writings and presentations address topics including housing, modernism and urban modernity, public space, and architectural activism. She has taught architectural history, theory, design and urban studies at universities in the United States and South Africa. Sharóne also practiced architecture for nearly a decade in California, focusing upon innovative community housing as well as residential and restaurant design.

stomer@vt.edu