Albena Yaneva is Professor of Architectural Theory at the University of Manchester. She has been Visiting Professor at Princeton School of Architecture and Parsons School of Design. In 2017 she was awarded the Lise Meitner Visiting Chair in Architecture at Lund University, Sweden.
After a PhD in Sociology and Anthropology from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des mines de Paris (2001) with Professor Bruno Latour, Yaneva has worked at Harvard University, the Max-Planck Institite for the History of Science in Berlin and the Austrian Academy of Science in Vienna. Her research is intrinsically transdisciplinary and spans the boundaries of science studies, cognitive anthropology, architectural theory and political philosophy.
Her recent monograph is Five Ways to Make Architecture Political. An Introduction to the Politics of Design Practice (Bloomsbury, 2017). Taking inspiration from object-oriented political thought, this book engages in an informed enquiry into the different ways architectural design can be political and contributes to a better understanding of the political outreach of the engagement of designers with their publics.
Currently professor Yaneva is working on a new book that explores to the daily practices and politics of archive making based on ethnography of the Canadian Centre of Architecture in Montreal.