Beatriz Colomina

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Beatriz Colomina
Beatriz Colomina at GSAPP.jpg
Beatriz Colomina at GSAPP
NationalityAmerican, Spanish
Known forArt history, Architectural history, Architectural theory
AwardsSamuel H. Kress Senior Fellowship at the CASVA(Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts), SOM Foundation, Le Corbusier Foundation, Graham Foundation, the CCA (Canadian Centre for Architecture), The American Academy in Berlin, and The Getty Center in Los Angeles

Beatriz Colomina is an architecture historian. She came to Columbia University from Spain in 1982. She then moved on to Princeton University School of Architecture in 1988, later to become its director of graduate studies.[1] She is the founding director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University,[2] and has been named a 2003 Old Dominion Faculty Fellow.

She has written extensively on questions of architecture and the modern institutions of representation, particularly the printed media, photography, advertising, film and TV. Her books include Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (1994), awarded the 1995 International Book Award by the American Institute of Architects; Sexuality and Space (editor, 1992), awarded the 1993 AIA International Book Award; and Architectureproduction (editor, 1988).[3] She also had an essay published in the book The Sex of Architecture (Abrams, 1996). She contributed to a number of other works, including Dan Graham (2001), Philip Johnson: The Constancy of Change (2009), Cold War Hothouses (2004), Raumplan Versus Plan Libre: Adolf Loos and Le Corbusier (1988), and Clim, Stamp, Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines (2010). She is the author of numerous articles and has lectured extensively throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Architectural Institute of Japan, Tokyo; the Center for Contemporary Art and Architecture in Stockholm; and the DIA Art Foundation in New York.

Clip, Stamp, Fold is an exhibition created by Colomina as a provocation in itself and an exploration of the relationships between architecture and media. This exhibition was originally held at New York's Storefront of Art and Architecture. It was since moved to the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.[4]

Colomina has been on the editorial board of such periodicals as Assemblage, Daidalos, and Grey Room.

She has also received many grants and fellowships including the Chicago Institute for Architecture, Fondation Le Corbusier, and the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts in Washington. Recently, Colomina received a Graham Foundation grant for her research project "X-Ray Architecture: Illness as Metaphor".


  • 1992 Sexuality and Space, Princeton Architectural Press
  • 1996 Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media, The MIT Press
  • 2001 Enclosed by Images: The Eameses' Multimedia Architecture, The MIT Press
  • 2007 Domesticity at War, The MIT Press
  • 2010 Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X, Actar
  • 2014 Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies, Sternberg
  • 2015 The Century of the Bed, Verlag für Moderne Kunst
  • 2016 Are We Human? Notes on an Archeology of Design, Lars Müller
  • 2016 Das Andere/The Other: A Journal for the Introduction of Western Culture into Austria, MAK Center for Art and Architecture


  1. ^ "We're all dressed up with something to show". The Sydney Morning Herald. 31 May 2004. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Beatriz Colomina". MIT Press. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Beatriz Colomina". Princeton University School of Architecture. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  4. ^ Weder, Adele (July 2007). "Clipped, Stamped, Folded". Canadian Architect. 52: 12–14. Retrieved 8 September 2018 – via

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