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Cathryn Dwyre

Adjunct Associate Professor


Cathryn Dwyre is co-principal with architect Chris Perry of the experimental design practice pneumastudio. She received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Managing Editor of ViaBooks with a volume published by MIT Press entitled Dirt. She complete an undergraduate degree at Colgate University with a double major in Philosophy and Geology. Early in her career, Dwyre dealt in rare books at Ursus Rare Books, with a specialization in aesthetics, art books, garden history and architecture, where she wrote and designed chapbooks and catalogues. Previously, Dwyre worked as a field scientist for the United States Geological Survey under the Department of the Interior, doing geological mapping in the Cascade Mountains.

Her practice pneumastudio, with partner Chris Perry, has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. Venues that have featured pneumastudio’s work include the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Design Museum in Barcelona, and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU. Publishers that have featured pneumastudio’s work include Routledge, Actar, Prestel, and Wiley-Academy.

Her work invests in the exchange between architecture and landscape architectural design, with a particular interest in geologic time and ecological aesthetics. Dwyre is the recipient of the MacDowell Colony fellowship 2013 with her partner in pneumastudio, Chris Perry. Dwyre was co-chair of the symposium/exhibition at the University of Michigan titled Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural. Subsequently, the exhibition travelled to the University of Virginia and New York’s Pratt Manhattan Gallery.

Dwyre is co-editor with Chris Perry of a special issue of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press). An edited book published by Actar is forthcoming, entitled Ambiguous Territory, with a foreword by Catherine Ingraham.

B.A., Colgate University. M.L.A., University of Pennsylvania