Beatriz Colomina wins American Academy of Arts and Letters' Award in Architecture


The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced the recipients of its 2024 Awards in Architecture. The five prizewinners include Beatriz Colomina, who serves as Princeton SoA’s Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture; Director of Graduate Studies (Ph.D. Program); and founding director of the Program in Media and Modernity.

Founded in 1898 as an honor society of the country’s leading architects, artists, composers, and writers, The American Academy of Arts and Letters established its annual architecture awards program in 1955. 

Colomina began teaching in her native country of Spain after graduating from the Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona and is now a globally celebrated architecture historian and theorist. She has written and curated extensively on questions of architecture, art, technology, sexuality, and media, and her multiple books include, X-Ray Architecture, Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies, Are We Human? Notes on an Archeology of Design, Privacy and Publicity, and Radical Pedagogies.

Colomina will receive the honor—which recognizes those who explore ideas in architecture—presented alongside the art, literature, and music awards at Arts and Letters’ annual Ceremonial in May.