Samia Henni Lecture
Samia Henni is an assistant professor of architecture at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She received her PhD in the history and theory of architecture (with distinction) from ETH Zurich. Her teaching and research interests include the history and theory of the built environments in relation to colonialism, displacements, gender, race, religions and wars from the first European colonization to the present. She is the author of Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (gta Verlag, 2017) and the curator of Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria (2017-2018), Zurich, Rotterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris and Prague.
Currently, Henni is editing the gta Papers 2, titled “War Zones,” and working on a book project provisionally titled Architecture of Toxicity: France, Southern Algeria and the Saharan Regions. Henni has taught at Princeton University, ETH Zurich and Geneva University of Art and Design. She studied at the École polytechnique d’architecture et d’urbanisme in Algiers; Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio; The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam; and at Goldsmiths, University of London.