Irina Davidovici
Curriculum vitae

Irina Davidovici is lecturer and senior scientific coordinator at the gta Institute, ETH Zurich. Having led the Doctoral Programme in History and Theory of Architecture from 2019 to 2021, from 2022 she will become the Director of the gta Archives. Her research straddles urban housing studies, the history of housing cooperatives, commons theory, and histories of recent architectures in Europe. In 2020 she completed her Habilitation thesis Collective Grounds: Housing Estates in the European City, 1865–1934.

Davidovici has held positions as visiting professor at EPFL Lausanne (2020–2021), Harvard GSD Richard Rogers Fellow (2018), gta Postdoctoral Fellow (2016–2017), SNF Marie Heim-Vögtlin Fellow (2014–2016) at ETH Zurich, and senior lecturer at Kingston University, London (2008–2013). Her Doctorate at the University of Cambridge received the RIBA President's Research Award for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis (2009). She is the author of Forms of Practice. German-Swiss Architecture 1980–2000 (2012, 2nd expanded edition 2018) and editor of Colquhounery. Alan Colquhoun from Bricolage to Myth (2015). Her articles were published in AA Files, The Journal of Architecture, OASE, ARCH+, Casabella, Joehlo and Project Journal. Two more books will be published in 2022, Common Grounds: A Comparative History of Early Housing Estates in Europe (Triest Publishers, Zurich) and The Autonomy of Theory: Ticinese architecture as Tendenzen, 1965–1985 (gta Publishers, Zurich).