Sophie Hochhäusl

09 1st, 2000


She studies history of architecture and urbanism. Within these disciplines she has a special interest in economics, politics, sociology and history of technology. Her additional interests include mapping the city, housing, architecture studio culture, and the making of architectural exhibitions and architectural magazines. Over the past years she has been particularly intrigued by participatory processes, political and communal economy, as well as the role of groups of marginality in architectural discourse.
Her previous published work ranges from an architecture children’s book, Pinsel, Paula und die Plaudernden Häuser (2005), and a collection of teaching material for high schools on architectural design and representation in “Red Vienna” to academic articles, books and edited volumes i.e. “Otto Neurath – Mapping the City as Social Fact” (Proceedings of the 51st International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium), Otto Neurath – City Planning, Proposing a socio-political map for modern Urbanism (Innsbruck: Innsbruck University Press, 2012) and Productive Limits: Architects gone Exploratory (Vienna:Sonderzahl, 2012), edited with Manuel Singer.
She was trained as an architect at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Mag.arch, 2008) and received a Masters degree in the history of architecture from Cornell University in 2010. She is currently a PhD candidate in the History of Urbanism at Cornell University and an exchange scholar at Columbia University in New York, where she is working on my dissertation on the Austrian Settlement and Allotment Garden Association. In 2013 the Graham Foundation granted her the Carter Manny Award for doctoral dissertation research “Modern by Nature: Architecture, Politics, and Socio-Technical Systems in Austrian Settlements and Allotment Gardens between Reform and the Welfare State, 1903–1953”.

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