Tamar Zinguer

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Tamar Zinguer
Visiting Associate Professor of Architecture
Associate Professor of Architecture, Cooper Union
M.Sc. Architecture, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Ph.D Princeton University School of Architecture

Office: S-11 (by appointment)
Email: tzinguer at princeton.edu

Tamar Zinguer received her professional degree from The Cooper Union, her M.Sc. in Architecture from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University School of Architecture in 2006. She has practiced architecture in Israel and the United States, and has taught design, as well as history and theory seminars in architecture schools since 1994 – at the Technion, Cornell University, Columbia University, Princeton University and The Cooper Union where she has been an Associate Professor of Architecture since 2006. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships – from the Canadian Center for Architecture, The Smithsonian Institution, The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention, as well as the Center for American Studies at Princeton University. She has received the Whiting fellowship in the Humanities, The Best Young Architect Award in Israel and the America/Israel Keren Sharet Prize in the Arts.

Her book Architecture in Play: Intimations of Modernism in Architectural Toys was published by University of Virginia Press in 2015. She has received a Barre-Ferree grant for the publication and has lectured extensively on the topic at a variety of conferences and institutions. Part of her work on the Eames Toy and the Tetrahedron was translated to French and appeared in Azimuts, June 2005 Issue on Design and Mathematics.

Currently, Tamar is at work on two new manuscripts. The first – The History of the Sandbox - expands issues of space and play: it was presented at the Meeting of the Society for the History of Children and Youth in 2012.  The second manuscript in progress – The Degree Zero of Architecture – benefitted from a research grant as a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Center of Architecture in 2014, where the work was presented in a public seminar. Parts of these writings were presented at SAH (Detroit 2012 and Austin 2014), as well as to the European research group meeting: “Degree Zero of Sound and Image,” in Frankfurt 2015.

Another area of interest concentrates on Architecture and the Aesthetics of Movement. Tamar has organized and chaired a session on that subject at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2008, and has participated in a conference on a related subject, "Speed", at The Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, in June 2008. Tamar organized the academic conference ARCHITECTURE MOVES that took place at The Cooper Union in October 2009. Scholars were invited to probe the intersections of architecture and the aesthetics of movement. The conference explored temporality and animation in space, displacement of vision, rhythm and spatial relocation – aspects of movement in architecture from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

At The Cooper Union since 2004, Tamar has taught design studios and history and theory courses in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Her seminars have ranged on aspects of Architecture in Play, Invention in American Architecture as well as Writing Architecture; she has also taught Modern Architectural History (1750-1950) since 2010. In the studio, she has taught Third Year Design Studio (primarily Analysis), Architectonics and Thesis.

Recent Courses
ARC 308 / ART 328: History of Architectural Theory (Spring 2016)