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Meredith TenHoor



Meredith TenHoor is an architectural and urban historian, and the coordinator of undergraduate architectural history and theory at Pratt.

Her research examines how architecture, urbanism and landscape design participate in the distribution of resources, and how these design practices have produced understandings of the limits and capacities of our bodies. She has written extensively about the relationships between agriculture, architecture, and cultural and territorial change in twentieth-century France, and about the intellectual history of 20th century architectural theory. She is working on new projects about the recent global history of toxic building materials, and about the architect Nicole Sonolet.

Her publications include Black Lives Matter (2015), Street Value: Shopping, Planning and Politics at Fulton Mall (2010), and articles and book chapters on food, architecture, race, media, and biopolitics in Log, French Politics, Culture and Society, Zeitschrift fur Medienwissenschaft, the Journal of Architecture, The Architects’ Newspaper, Revista Plot, Pidgin, Pin-up, and Pratt’s own Tarp Architecture Manual. Her design projects and performances have been shown at the Rotterdam Architecture Biennial, the Venice Biennale, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, the House of World Cultures in Berlin, common room, and the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

TenHoor received her a Ph.D. in Architecture from Princeton University, and a B.A. in Art-Semiotics from Brown University. She is editor, a founding board member, and former chair of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, a group devoted to publishing and advancing scholarship in architectural theory and history, and board member of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University. In 2018-19 she was a Fellow at the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities at Princeton University.

B.A., Brown University; M.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University