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Prof Albena Yaneva - personal details

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Role: Professor in Architectural Theory, Director Manchester Architecture Research Centre

Tel: 0161 275-6900

Location: Humanities Bridgeford Street-1.15
School of Environment, Education and Development
The University of Manchester
M13 9PL




Professor Albena Yaneva is an anthropologist of architecture with a PhD from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des mines de Paris (2001). Her work spans the disciplinary boundaries of architectural theory, science and technology studies, cognitive anthropology and political philosophy. It has been translated in German, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Her book The Making of a Building (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009) provides a unique anthropological account of architecture in the making, whereas Made by the OMA: An Ethnography of Design (Rotterdam: 010 Publishers, 2009) draws on an original approach of ethnography of design and was defined by the critics as “revolutionary in analyzing the day-to-day practice of designers”. For her innovative use of ethnography in the architectural discourses Yaneva was awarded the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding University-located Research (2010).

Her most recent book is Mapping Controversies in Architecture (Farnham: Ashgate, 2012). It is available as a teaching platform for studying controversies surrounding urban design - here.
Yaneva is currently working on a new book on Politics of Urban Design that will examine how politics is enacted through the work of designers, their hybrid repertoire of actions and imaginative computational techniques.

She is the recipient of academic grants of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago (2003), the British Academy (2008) and the EU (2008-2010). She has presented more than 70 international invited lectures and keynotes, including in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA. She is a member of the Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economy and Society Research Council in the UK and serves as a reviewer for the National Science Foundations of USA, Switzerland, Austria, and the Netherlands.