Born in Algiers, Samia Henni conducts research on the relationships between colonial practices, military operations, socioeconomic capitals, architecture, and regional planning from the early 19th century to the present. Her teaching focuses on the history of architecture in relation to race, gender, labor, and displacements.
Before coming to Cornell, Henni taught at the School of Architecture, Princeton University; the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich; and Geneva University of Art and Design. She earned her professional diploma at the Academy of Architecture at Swiss Italian University in Mendrisio; her master's degree at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam, and her Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture from ETH Zurich. Prior to her doctoral studies, Henni worked as an architect in Ticino, Switzerland, and participated in research projects in Athens, Turkey, Brazil, and Los Angeles.
Currently, Henni is editing the second issue of the gta Papers titled "Architecture/Wars," and working on a new book provisionally titled Architecture of Toxicity: France, Southern Algeria and the Saharan Regions.
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.