Samia Henni

Samia Henni is a theorist and a historian of the built, destroyed and imagined environments, and an Assistant Professor at Cornell University. She is the author of the multi-award-winning Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (gta Verlag, 2017, EN; Editions B42, 2019, FR), the editor of the War Zones gta papers no. 2 (gta Verlag, 2018), the convener of the 2020 Preston Thomas Memorial Lectures: Into the Desert: Questions of Coloniality and Toxicity, and the maker of exhibitions, such as Housing Pharmacology (Manifesta 13, Marseille, 2020) and Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria (Zurich, Rotterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris, Prague, Ithaca, Philadelphia, 2017–19). She received her Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture (with distinction, ETH Medal) from ETH Zurich and taught at Princeton University, ETH Zurich, and Geneva University of Art and Design. In 2021, she is the Chair of Albert Hirschman at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Aix-Marseille University (IMéRA); a Guest Professor in the specialized master’s in Art History in a Global Context at the Institute of Art History at the University of Zurich; and a Visiting Geddes Fellow at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh.