Patrick Lynn Rivers

Political Scientist


Patrick Lynn Rivers is co-director of Afield, a comparative interdisciplinary design research practice based in Cape Town, Chicago, and Montreal. He is broadly interested in culture, politics and policy, and society.


At Afield, his work is critically informed by the integration of design and social science methodologies that advance research-creation.


His Afield projects range from investigations of progressive housing solutions for refugees in South Africa to the adaptive reuse of a shuttered Chicago public school situated within a community impacted by post-industrialism and demographic change. Rivers is currently at work on a major research-creation project generously funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. The collaborative project will result in two prototype ECD centres in the Western Cape province of South Africa—one in an urban township and the other in a rural township. Prototyping will not be the endpoint, though, as the completed ECD centres will become boundary objects used to understand the ways that design and the political converge during the design, construction, and after occupancy of an actual structure.