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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 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 major publications include Toxics (2022), 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 e-flux, French Politics, Culture and Society, GTA Papers, the Journal of Architecture, Log, Plot, Perspecta, Pin-upThe Architects’ Newspaper, Terrain, Urban Omnibus, Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Pratt’s own Tarp Architecture Manual, and other publications. Her research, design projects and performances have been shown at CIVA-Brussels, 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. She is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the  Canadian Center for Architecture, Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative, Princeton Environmental Institute, and Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities.

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. She served as a board member of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University from 2016-22, and a fellow at the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities in 2018-19.

M.A. and Ph.D., Architecture, Princeton University
B.A., Art-Semiotics, Brown University