Wanessa Cardoso is a student in the MA program in Art History at Concordia University. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Fortaleza (Brazil) in 2018, where she also participated in several academic activities related to art history and cultural heritage, including an internship at the Library of Rare Books of Art and History at said university for two years.

Her research interests include material culture, memory studies, oral history, heritage studies, history of architecture, and library and archival studies. Under the supervision of Drs. Cynthia Hammond and Nicola Pezolet, Wanessa is currently developing a public-access website that documents the geographical breadth and stylistic variety of library design in Canada.

Wanessa’s master thesis benefits from an oral history approach in the exploration of the mutually constitutive relationship of Brazilian families with their homes in Fortaleza, Brazil and Montreal, Canada.