Tamar Zinguer

Associate Professor

Tamar Zinguer received a B.Arch. from the Cooper Union in 1989, a M.Sc. from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 1998 and a Ph.D. from Princeton University School of Architecture in 2006. She has practiced architecture in Israel and the United States and before coming to the Cooper Union has taught design, as well as history and theory seminars in architecture schools since 1994 – at the Technion, Cornell University, Columbia University and Princeton. Also, she has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships – from the Canadian Center for Architecture, The Smithsonian Institution, The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention, as well as the Center for American Studies at Princeton University. She has received the Whiting fellowship in the Humanities, The Best Young Architect Award in Israel and the America/Israel Keren Sharet Prize in the arts.

Currently her writing focuses on the interrelationships of architecture and play, as she is preparing for publication the manuscript Architecture in Play: Intimations of Modernism in Architectural Toys, 1836–1952. She has lectured extensively on the topic at professional conferences (CAA, SAH) and as an invited speaker (Cornell, Penn, U. of Tennessee, The Smithsonian and more). Parts of this work have appeared in Colomina, Brennan and Kim, eds. Cold War Hothouses, Princeton Architectural Press, 2004, and Azimuts No. 25, June 2005 Issue on Design and Mathematics. Another current area of research concentrates on Architecture and the Aesthetics of Movement. Tamar has organized and chaired a session on that subject at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 2008, and has participated in a conference on a related subject, "Speed", at The Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal, in June 2008. Tamar organized the academic conference ARCHITECTURE MOVES that took place at The Cooper Union in October 2009. Scholars were invited to probe the intersections of architecture and the aesthetics of movement. The conference explored temporality and animation in space, displacement of vision, rhythm and spatial relocation – aspects of movement in architecture from the 19th to the 21st centuries.

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