Samia Henni received her Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture (with distinction) from ETH Zurich. Her teaching and research interests include the history and theory of the built environments in relation to colonialism, displacements, gender, race, religions, and wars from the first European colonization to the present. She is the author of Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (gta Verlag, 2017) and the curator of Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria (2017-2018), Zurich, Rotterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris, and Prague.
Currently, Henni is editing the gta Papers 2, titled "War Zones," and working on a book project provisionally titled Architecture of Toxicity: France, Southern Algeria and the Saharan Regions. Henni taught at Princeton University, ETH Zurich, and Geneva University of Art and Design. She studied at the École polytechnique d'architecture et d'urbanisme in Algiers; Accademia di Architettura, Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio; The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam; and at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)
- Silver FILAF book award, Architecture of Counterrevolution, Festival International du Livre d'Art et du Film (2018)
- Theory of Art book award, Architecture of Counterrevolution, Festival International du Livre d'Art et du Film (2018)
- ETH Medal, ETH Zurich (2016)
- Best conference poster and presentation, Third Swiss Congress of Art History, Association of Swiss Art Historians, University of Basel (2016)
- Short Term Scientific Mission, European Research Programme: European Architecture Beyond Europe: Sharing Research and Knowledge on Dissemination Processes, Historical Data and Material Legacy (2011)
Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)
- "From Counterrevolution to Counterinsurgency," intradisciplinary seminar, The Cooper Union (2018)
- Curator, Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria, displayed at ETH Zurich, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris; and Rotterdam (2017–18)
- Algerian Pavilion: News from the Past Future in Something to Generate, curated by Madrassa Collective, Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark (2016)
- "Norms and Forms of Dispossessions: The Politics of Naming?" Pidgin 23, Princeton University School of Architecture Journal (2018)
- "Reflections on the Authority of Architecture, Or a Brief and Unfinished Cartography of Disciplinary Spaces." In Kapwani Kiwanga: Structural Adjustments, edited by Carolin Kochling and Yesomi Umolu. Chicago: Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts: 2018.
- Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria. Zürich: GTA Verlag, 2017.