There is a general misconception that as lecturers our tasks are limited to teaching and coordinating lessons. However being a lecturer in a specialized topic requires that you contribute to the body of knowledge on the subject often through research and writing.
Last month, and the reason for my absence on the school blog, I was busily typing away on an essay that I hope will form the basis of further research on the interrelation of gated communities and public spaces in the city. I was fortunate to have the essay accepted and peer reviewed by Columbia University and should it be published subsequently.
I have also been invited to be one of four keynote speakers at a conference hosted by the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, for the Federation of Caribbean Associations of Architects. The theme of the conference looks to explore new prototypes for sustainable architecture in the Caribbean.
It seems about right that we are discussing the topic of sustainability during the hurricane season which has already seen the active formation of tropical storms within the South Atlantic one of which made landfall in Jamaica last month.