Tamar Zinguer

Associate Professor

Tamar Zinguer received her professional degree from The Cooper Union in 1989, her M.Sc. in Architecture from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology – in 1998 and her 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 University, where she is a Visiting Professor in Spring 2016. 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.

Her book Architecture in Play: Intimations of Modernism in Architectural Toys was published by University of Virginia Press in 2015. She has received a Barre-Ferree grant for the publication and has lectured extensively on the topic at professional conferences (College Art Association, Society of Architectural Historians, The Association for the Study of Play), and was an invited speaker at a variety of universities such as Cornell, UPenn, U. of Tennessee, U. of Minnesota, The Smithsonian and University of Rhein-Mein in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she also gave a two-weeks long workshop and seminar. Part of her work on the Eames Toy was translated to French and appeared in Azimuts, June 2005 Issue on Design and Mathematics.

Currently, Tamar is at work on two new manuscripts. The first – The History of the Sandbox - expands issues of space and play developed in first book, and was presented at the Society for the History of Children and Youth. 

The second manuscript at work – The Degree Zero of Architecture – benefitted from a research grant as a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Center of Architecture in 2014, where Tamar presented her research in a public seminar. Parts of these writings were presented at SAH as well as to the European research group – “Degree Zero of Sound and Image” in 2015.

Another 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.

At The Cooper Union since 2004, Tamar has taught design studios and history and theory courses in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Her seminars have ranged on aspects of Architecture in Play, Invention in American Architecture as well as Writing Architecture; she has also taught Modern Architectural History (1750-1950) since 2010. In the studio, she has taught Third Year Design Studio (primarily Analysis), Architectonics and Thesis.

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