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Professor of Architecture; Director, Program in Media and Modernity, Princeton University

Berthold Leibinger Fellow - Class of Fall 2014

Beatriz Colomina is an architectural historian and theorist who studied architecture and completed her PhD at the University of Barcelona. She is Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University. Her books include Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (MIT, 1994), which was awarded the 1995 International Book Award by the American Institute of Architects and has been published in nine languages, and Domesticity at War (ACTAR and MIT, 2007). She is the editor of Sexuality and Space (1992), which was awarded the 1993 International Book Award by the American Institute of Architects, Architectureproduction (1988), and Cold War Hot Houses: Inventing Postwar Culture from Cockpit to Playboy, co-edited with AnnMarie Brennan and Jeannie Kim (2004), all with Princeton Architectural Press. A collection of her writings on art and architecture was published as Doble exposición: Arquitectura a través del arte (Akal, 2006). Her most recent book, Manifesto Architecture, was published by Sternberg Press.


Colomina has also curated a number of innovative exhibitions. In 2006, she curated, with a team of PhD students from Princeton, the exhibition “Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X,” which opened at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and has traveled to 12 venues in the USA, Europe, Canada, and Latin America. The catalogue Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X was published by ACTAR (Barcelona) in 2010. Her exhibition “Playboy Architecture: 1953-79,” also developed with a team of PhD students, was at the NAiM/Bureau-Europa in Maastricht (The Netherlands) in 2012 and at the Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt in 2014. Her most recent exhibition project with PhD students, “Radical Pedagogies: Action, Reaction, Interaction,” was part of the 2014 Venice Biennale of Architecture, where it won a Special Mention Award from the jury.

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