McEwen, Indra Kagis

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Dr. Indra Kagis McEwen
Affiliate Professor

Office: EV-3-782
Tel.: 514-848-2424, ext. 5599

Research Interests
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Politics of Architectural Theory
  • History of Cities
  • Greek and Roman Architecture
  • Renaissance and Baroque Architecture
  • Vitruvius
  • Fortifications and Fortification Theory


Adjunct professor of Art History at Concordia since 2003, Indra McEwen has taught at several different universities as well as, for 13 years, at the National Theatre School of Canada. She holds an honours B.A. in English and Philosophy (Queen's University), a professional degree in architecture, a Masters degree in architectural history and theory, and a PhD in Art History (McGill). She is an interdisciplinary scholar, specialising in political dimension of the history and theory of architecture. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, publications include three books: Socrates' Ancestor: An Essay on Architectural Beginnings (MIT Press, 1993, now in its fourth printing), Vitruvius: Writing the Body of Architecture (MIT Press, 2003) and Ordonnance for the Five Kinds of Columns After the Method of the Ancients (The Getty Center, 1993), a translation into English of a 17th-century French architectural treatise by Claude Perrault. A Romanian edition of Socrates' Ancestor is to appear shortly. She has been regularly invited to lecture on her work in the United States and Europe, and Canada. She has also been the recipient of research grants from various institutions, including the J. Paul Getty Foundation. In addition, she has been a visiting scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal and a research associate at the same institution.


  • ARTH 290 Art History and Archaeology:  Cities in Time (History of Cities)
  • ARTH 360 Studies in Ancient Greek Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 361 Studies in Ancient Roman Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 365 Studies in 17th and 18th-Century Art and Architecture: Architecture and Conflict - The Cities of Baroque Europe

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