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"Towards a New Theory of Life in Architecture" Catherine Ingraham

This lecture is about the relevance of architecture to contemporary changes in the nature and status of biological life. It concerns technology, sustainability, and current theories of form in architecture, as well as redefinitions of animal existence, cultural history, and politics after modernity.

Catherine Ingraham is a Professor of Architecture in the graduate architecture program at Pratt Institute in New York City, a program for which she was chair from 1999-2005. She is the author of Architecture, Animal, Human: The Asymmetrical Condition (Routledge 2006), Architecture and the Burdens of Linearity (Yale University Press 1998), and was co-editor of Restructuring Architectural Theory (Northwestern University Press 1986). From 1991-98, Ingraham was an editor, with Michael Hays and Alicia Kennedy, of Assemblage: A Critical Journal of Architecture and Design Culture. Dr. Ingraham has published extensively in academic journals and book collections and lectured at architecture schools nationally and internationally. Throughout her career, she has organized and participated in symposia that advance serious discussions about architecture; in February 2008, she ran a conference at Columbia University on animate life and form entitled “Part Animal.” Dr. Ingraham has held academic appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Iowa State University and been a visiting professor at Princeton, the GSD, and Columbia University. She has been the recipient of a NYSCA grant; a CCA fellowship, two Graham Foundation grants, a two-year SOM research fellowship, an NEA grant; and four MacDowell Colony writing residencies. In 2001, Ingraham was the winner, with architect Laurie Hawkinson, of a design competition and building commission for the Museum of Women’s History in New York. Ingraham earned her doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. She is married, with one son, and is one of eight, or possibly nine, great-granddaughters of Frank Lloyd Wright.


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