Zehra Ahmed

PhD Candidate, History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton SoA
M.A., Princeton University
M.Arch, University of Illinois
B.A., University of Chicago


Prior to entering the doctoral program for the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton, Zehra worked as an architect and educator in Chicago. Her work is informed by a conception of architecture as a design discourse, and she is particularly interested in the intellectual history of postmodern architecture, rhetoric in architectural writing, the architecture of global finance, and transformations of canonical architectural texts, ideas, and definitions by emerging issues and topics such as ecology and decolonization. Her most recent research looks at multi-directional exchanges of ideas and expertise between Euro-American and Arab-Islamic architectures in the 1970s and 80s.