Visiting Professor in Architecture
B.A. University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Ph.D. École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (2001)
Albena Yaneva is an anthropologist of architecture. Her work spans the disciplinary boundaries of architectural theory, science and technology studies, cognitive anthropology and political philosophy. 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.
She has contributed to many volumes, including the Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of The Contemporary Word, Humains Non-humains, Coping with the Past, Geographies of Science, Networks of Design, Explorations in Architecture: Teaching, Design, Research, Die Realität des Imaginären, Making Things Public, and others. Her work has been published also in Perspecta, Design and Culture, Science Studies, Public Understanding of Science, Journal of Material Culture, Museum and Society. 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 has been involved in a number of gallery and museum projects: as a director of the Gallery of Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2004-2006); adviser for “Augmented realism”, Dream Space Gallery, London (2012); InSight Risk, EPFL, Lausanne (2012); Futur-en-Seine (2011); "La place des controverses", Grand Palais, Paris (2008); The Swiss Pavilion at the Architectural Biennale, Venice (2008); “Making Things Public”, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2005), “Birdwatching”, Neue Kunsthalle, St. Gallen (2004); “Iconoclash: Beyond the Image War in Art, Science and Religion”, ZKM, Karlsruhe (2002).
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 50 international invited lectures and keynotes, including in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, 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.