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Prof Albena Yaneva - further information

Invited Lectures 2006

Valencia School of Architecture, 26-27 October 2006, Valencia, Spain, lecture at the Annual Conference of the School, title: “Breaching Design Routines: An Ethnography Note on Emergency in Design”.
UCL, Seminar of the Department of Material Culture, 16 October 2006, London, lecture title: “Compelling Objects: on Models, Foam, and Agency in Architectural Design.
HGKZ, Zurich The International Symposium “Emergency Design”, 15-16 February, 2006, lecture title: “Clashes” in the Office: an Ethnography Note on Emergency Design”.
TU Vienna, The Architectural Congress “[oriental HOT:KEY] - Dubai and other booming regions,” the Museum für Angewandte Kunst, 24 October 2005, lecture title: “The Meaning of Extension: Historical Complexity and Urban Change”.
The European Commission Forum “Science in Society”, 9-11 March 2005, Brussels, lecture title: “Mapping Controversies: a Gallery Experiment in Science Communication”.
School of Architecture in Madrid, 9 December 2003 Madrid, Spain, lecture talk: “Historical Continuity in Architecture of Addition: The Extensions of Whitney Museum of American Art”.



Invited Lectures 2007

Dialoghi di San Giorgio: “Inheriting the past. Traditions, shifts, betrayals and innovations”, 12-14 September 2007, Venice, Fondation Cini.

University of Alicante, "Recalcitrant Spaces", international workshop organised by the Universidad de Alicante, 18 May 2007, lecture title: “Recalcitrant Models: Experiments in Design Cognition”.

Invited Lectures 2008

Danish School of Design, Center for Design Studies, workshop “How Can Design Studies Learn from STS and Actor-Network-Theory?”, 19 June 2008, Copenhagen, lecture title: “Towards a Pragmatist Approach to Design” a Dialogue of STS and Design Studies”.

Goldsmiths College, University of London, “The Physique of the Public”, international workshop, 6 June 2008, Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process (CSISP), Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths and The Spaces of Democracy and the Democracy of Space network, lecture title: “The Architectural as a Type of Connector”.

l'Institut Bruxellois d'Architecture Instituut (IBAI), centre culturel "Recyclart”, 29 May 2008, Brussels, lecture title: “On Models, Agency and the Politics of Architectural Presentations”


Invited Lectures 2009

Goldsmiths College, University of London, Design and Social Science Seminar Series 2009-2010 “The Objects of Design and Social Science objects and social sciences”, 4 November 2009, lecture title: “Buildings as Things”.

RIBA research symposium “Changing Practices”, RIBA 24 September 2009, London, lecture title: “Reconnecting Practices and Meaning”.

University of Oxford, Saïd Busines School, International workshop “From Scale to Scalography”, 8 July 2009, lecture title: “Ethnographies of Scaling. An Enquiry on the Production of ‘Voluntary Blind’ Empirical Accounts”.

Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark, International conference "Scale and Representation", 22-23 June 2009, lecture title: “No Scales, but Ethnographic Attention to Scaling”.

Copenhagen Business School, The Center for Management Studies of the Building Process, 18 May 2009, lecture title: “The Architectural Presentation: Techniques and Politics".

University of Manchester, international conference: “Materialising the Subject: Phenomenological and post-ANT objects in the social sciences”, 26-27 February 2009, lecture title: “Some Questions on the ANT Becoming. In response to the paper of John Law: ‘Actor Network Theory and Material Semiotics’”.

University of Manchester, workshop Invisio, “Multidisciplinary visual resources”, as a part of the International Network for Visual Studies in Organizations, 30 January 2009, lecture title: “Making Statements with Visuals: The Architecture of the Architectural Presentation”.

Invited Lectures 2010

L’Union régionale des Conseils d’architecture, d’urbanisme et de l’environnement (URCAUE) d’Ile-de-France, formation Ekopolis, 25 November Paris, 2010 lecture 1: “Écologie du projet: une approche pragmatique”; lecture 2: “Le projet en train de se faire”.

Faculté d'Architecture La Cambre Horta, Brussels, 29 October 2010, lecture title: “Analyse des Controverses en Architecture” (Mapping Controversies in Architecture)

Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan, 24 August 2010, lecture title: “Mapping Urban Controversies and the Making of the Social”

Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan, 9 August 2010, lecture title: “Rem Koolhaas and his Design Philosophy”

Deutsches Forum fur Kunstgeschite/Centre allemand d’Histoire de l’art, Paris, France, 1-3 July 2010 international symposium Poesis. Uber das Tun in der Kunst/Poiesis, Sur le faire en art, lecture title: “Doing Architecture: From Foam to Shapes”.

The University of Sofia, Bulgaria, workshop of the Master Program in Urban Studies, 23 May 2010, lecture title: “Urban Controversies and the Making of the Social”.

Open University, London, workshop “Mobile Methods: Engagements with Digital Data”, 20 May 2010, lecture title: “Moving Networks: Architectural Tools for Tracing the Social”.

London School of Economics, the Cities PhD research seminar, 2 March 2010, lecture title: “Urban Controversies and the Making of the Social”.

Princeton University, USA, Department of Architecture, Princeton Envelope Conversations, 25 February 2010, lecture title: “Building Envelopes as Complex Ecologies”.

Columbia University, USA, History and Theory of Architecture Program, lecture series  "Inside/Out”, 23 February 2010; lecture title: “Is Architecture Accountable? The Epistemological Offerings of Science Studies”.

University of Oslo, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK), Norway, 15 February 2010, lecture title: “Controversies over Public Architecture: An Actor-Network Theory Perspective”.

Royal Academy of Arts, Department of Architecture, Copenhagen, 22-23 January 2010, lecture title: "Scale Perplexities in Architecture".

Invited Lectures 2011

Université Paris-Est, Laboratoire Techniques, Territoires Sociétés (LATTS), 8 December 2011

UC Berkeley, Office of Science and Technology Studies, 2 December 2011, plenary speaker at the symposium Design & STS

TU Graz, Graduate School of Architecture, 17 November 2011; lecture title: “Urban Controversies and the Making of the Social”

Ensa Paris - La Vilette, symposium “La sociologie de l’architecture. Un domaine de savoir en construction ?” 17-18 October 2011, lecture title: “Une sociologie non-représentationnelle de l’architecture? Le verre et de l’ardoise dans l’architecture parlementaire”

Bergen School of Architecture, Symposium “Future Trajectories in Architectural Education” 24 September 2011, Oslo, lecture title, “Mapping Controversies in Architecture: A New Epistemology of Architectural Education”

Bavarian American Academy, Munich, June 10-11 2011, "Thinking Architecture Technology Culture: A Conversation"; lecture title: “Technologies of Making: The Politics of Scale Models”

ARCHITECTURE [discussion] FUND, Vilnius, Lithuania, 10 May 2011, lecture title: Mapping Controversies in Architecture: A New Epistemology of Practice

Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, round table The human/social parameter ?, 5 May 2011, Paris, talk: Paramétriser ou tracer? (with the participation of Odile Decq (Ecole Spéciale, Paris), Daniel Dendra (Anotherarchitect, Berlin), Sanford Kwinter (Harvard University), Philippe Morel (EZCT, Paris Malaquais), Antoine Picon (Harvard University); video: 

Yale School of Architecture, USA, the spring lecture series on contemporary architectural theory, 19 April 2011; lecture title: 'Mapping Controversies: A Pragmatist Approach to Architecture'

Chalmers School of Architecture in Gothenburg, Sweden, 3-4 March 2011; lecture title: “Form Reflecting in Action towards Mapping the Real” + PhD workshop

École d’Architecture of the Université de Montréal, LEAP - Laboratoire d'étude de l'architecture potentielle), 25 January 2011, invited lecture in the cycle of conferences "From the Studio to the Laboratory: What is Experimentation in Architecture?", lecture title: “Mythes et réalités de l'expérimention en architecture: le cas de l'OMA"

Invited Lectures 2012

UCL, Bartlett School of Planning, invited lecture, 11 December 2012

University of Gothenburg, Chalmers School of Architecture, invited lecture as a part of the PhD training programme of the Scandinavian Architecture schools “ResArc”, 7 December 2012.

Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen – invited lecture at the workshop “Architectural Practice, Methods and Management”, 5 December 2012; 6 December 2012 - MasterClass at the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen

ETH, Switzerland - invited plenary lecture at the ETH, Architecture Talks, 17 November 2012, Einsiedeln, Switzerland

UCL, Department of History of Art, invited lecture; title “Image Bigger than Skies: Exploring the Political Ontology of Contemporary Architecture”, 18 October 2012

University of Westminster, invited talk at "Addressing the Games", event at P3, 12th July 2012:

Science-Po, Ecole des Arts Politiques, 15 & 16 March 2012, 2 invited lectures

University of Sheffield, 6 March 2012, invited lecture as a part of the lecture series “The Social Production of Architecture”, SSoA Forum

University of Oxford, “Visualizing Knowledge Controversies”, 20-21 January 2012


Keynote Lectures

University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg Research Institute, keynote speaker at the conference of Mistra Urban Futures, "Cities as Value Networks", 7 December, 2012

The University of Manchester, "Urban Debates at the Time of Computational Design” Sociology and the Public: Hybrid Forums in Architecture,” CRESC conference City Materialities, 6-9 September, 2011

Architectural school in Nantes, Rencontre doctorale en architecture, France, 9-11 September 2010, lecture title: “La Fabrique d’un bâtiment: Pragmatique de l’architecture”

Bauhaus-Universität, “The Reality of the Imaginary: Architecture and the Digital Image”, 10th International Bauhaus Colloquium, 19 - 22 April 2007, Weimar, lecture title: “Obsolete Ways of Designing? Scale Models at the Time of Digital Media Technologies”

Oxford University, St Catherine’s College, “The Politics of Making”, 3rd annual Architectural Humanities Research Association [AHRA] international conference, 16-17 November 2006, lecture title: “How to Make a Building Talk”

Kongress der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Soziologie, Vienna, "Den Stillstand bewegen. Praxis der Soziologie,” 22 September 2005, lecture title: “Sociology and the Public: Hybrid Forums in Architecture”


Other activities

External examiner
2014 University of Sheffield, School of Architecture
2013 Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
2011 University of Western Australia, Department of Visual Arts
2009 Copenhagen Business School, Department of Organization
2008 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture

Peer reviewer for the journals
International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR)
Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
Environment and Planning A
The Journal of Architecture
Architectural Theory Review
Cultural Sociology
Theory and Society
Design and Culture
Journal of Design Research (JDR)
Social Semiotics
City, Culture and Society (CCS)
Architectural Research Quarterly (ARQ)
Building Research & Information
Theory, Culture and Society
Progress in Planning
Landscape and Urban Planning
Urban Studies
Social Studies of Science
The Journal of Material Culture
Museum and Society
Public Understanding of Science
Home Culture
Music and Arts in Action (MAiA)
Journal of Cultural Economy
Journal of Design History
Journal of Qualitative Sociology
Journal of Town Planning
Journal of Architecture

Peer reviewer of grant proposals
Member of the Peer Review College of the ESRC 2010-2013

WOTRO Science for Global Development, Netherlands
National Council for Research and Development of Romania, Partnership Program - Joint Applied Research Projects - PCCA 2011
Member of the Peer Review College of the AHRC 2009-2012
National Science Foundation, USA
Vienna Science and Technology Fund [Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (WWTF)]
Swiss National Science Foundation

Tenure reviewer
2011 Tenure External Reviewer at New School for Social Research, Parsons, New York

Reviewer of book proposals
Routledge, Taylor & Francis group
Manchester University Press

Book reviewer
Journal of Design History
Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society
Iris: European Journal of Philosophy and Public Debate
Journal of Contemporary Archaeology
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute