S.E. Eisterer Appointed as Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture


Princeton School of Architecture is thrilled to announce the appointment of S.E. Eisterer, f.k.a. Sophie Hochhäusl, as Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton SoA, effective July 1, 2022. 


Dean Monica Ponce de Leon stated, “We are delighted to welcome S.E. to the School of Architecture. She brings a broad range of experience to Princeton and her research, scholarship, and focus will enrich the discipline of architecture.”


S.E. Eisterer is a queer architectural historian and theorist who joins us from the University of Pennsylvania where she is as an Assistant Professor in Architecture, as well as a member of the Executive Board for the program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In the 2020-2021 academic year, S.E. was a Princeton Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Princeton University. She is currently the Pearl Resnick Fellow at the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum in Washington D.C. and an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellow. Before joining the Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, she was the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 


S.E. is interested in discourse on collectivity, difference, and dissent in architecture. Her scholarly work centers on modern architecture and urban culture with a focus on spatial histories of dissidence and resistance, intersectional feminism, queer theory, and gender studies, as well as environmental history and labor theory. Currently, she is working on two book projects: an interdisciplinary history and translation project titled Memories of the Resistance: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and the Architecture of Collective Dissidence, 1918–1989 as well as the monograph, Housing Cooperative: Politics, Architecture, and Urban Imagination in Vienna, 1904–1934.


With an M.Arch from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, S.E. holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University in History of Architecture and Urbanism. S.E. enjoys interdisciplinary and collaborative work with architects, planners, artists, writers, poets, and anthropologists. She is a co-director of Columbia University’s Insurgent Domesticities group (founded by Anooradha Siddiqi), the co-founder of the European Architectural History Network’s Architecture and Environment Group (with Torsten Lange), and a member of Queer Space Working Group.