Sophie Taylor

Sophie Taylor

MA student


Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier


Space, place, knowledge and power
Visual anthropology and materiality

I am a graduate from UBC anthropology, with a minor in urban studies, two interests that I combine in my master’s research. Under the supervision of Dr. Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier, my master’s research focuses on the use of post-industrial space in cities, particularly the interaction between formal and informal uses of space. As the city changes, the uses of its buildings and their associated values change as well; I am interested in identifying and understanding these changes based on use and designation of space, as well as the role of architecture and design in placemaking.

I draw on semiotics, placemaking, and multisensoriality in my work, and am particularly inspired by Wilfried Van Damme’s notion of multisensorial aesthetics in the experience of the urban environment, which is made up of much more than just streets and buildings. For this reason, I prioritize incorporating auditory, olfactory, and kinaesthetic experiences into my analysis of space and meaning.