Tue 05 Mar
Seminars and Conferences

Albena Yaneva, introductory lecture: Design, And The Arrogant Belief That We Can Plan Its Future

On Tuesday 5 March 2024, the event entitled "Design, And The Arrogant Belief That We Can Plan Its Future" will be held by Albena Yaneva.

Albena Yaneva is an architectural theorist whose research crosses the boundaries of science studies, cognitive anthropology, architectural theory, and political philosophy. She is the author of seven monographs: The Making of a Building (2009), Made by the OMA: An Ethnography of Design (2009), Mapping Controversies in Architecture (2012), Five Ways to Make Architecture Political: An Introduction to the Politics of Design Practice (2017), Crafting History: Archiving and the Quest for Architectural Legacy (2020), Latour for Architects (2022), Architecture After Covid (2023). She also co-authored The New Architecture of Science: Learning from Graphene (2020) with the Nobel Laureate in Physics Sir Kostya S. Novoselov.

Albena Yaneva has held the prestigious Lise Meitner Visiting Chair in Architecture at the University of Lund, Sweden as well as Visiting Professorships at Princeton School of Architecture, Columbia University and Parsons. She has delivered more than 200 invited lectures and keynote addresses at major conferences in the field of architecture and urban studies.

Yaneva holds a DEA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and a PhD from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris where she worked alongside the French social theorist Bruno Latour. Her work has been translated into German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai, Polish, Turkish and Japanese. She is the recipient of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s award for outstanding university-based research.


18,00 - 18,10
- Opening remarks:
  • Guido Saracco - Rector of Politecnico di Torino
  • Michele Bonino - Head of the Department of Architecture and Design
18,10 - 18,20 - Introduction:
  • Alessandro Armando - Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture and Design
18.20 - 19.00 - Lecture:
  • Albena Yaneva - Full Professor at the Department of Architecture and Design
Event organized by the Department of Architecture and Design - DAD of the Politecnico