Ringvorlesung Architectural Research 2019: Sophia Psarra


Sophia Psarra
The Venice Variations: Between Unconscious Architectural Production and Conscious Architectural Design
TU Graz / BWM Architekten, Wien

Sophia Psarra is a Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), where she is the Director of MPhil/PhD History and Theory. Her research focuses on the relationship between spatial form, human activity and cultural meaning in buildings, cities and urban settlements. She has collaborated with leading cultural institutions, such as the MoMA (NY) and the Natural History Museum in London, on the interactions between layout, exhibition narratives and visitor’s experience. As a practicing architect she has won first prizes in international architectural competitions. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the George Pompidou Centre, NAI Rotterdam, London, Berlin, Milan and Athens. Psarra has lectured at Universita IUAV di Venezia, The Architectural Association (AA), GSAAP, Columbia University, Syracuse University, University of Oxford, University of Witwatersrand, Pontificia Universitad Catolica de Chile and The Smithsonian Institution among others. Publications include: Architecture and Narrative – The Formation of Space and Cultural Meaning (Routledge 2009), The Venice Variations – Tracing the Architectural Imagination (UCL Press, 2018), The Production Sites of Architecture (ed. Routledge 2019).


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