Léa-Catherine Szacka is Senior Lecturer in Architectural Studies at University of Manchester and member of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG). Her work focuses on the history of architecture exhibitions, the history and theory of postmodern architecture, and, more broadly, the relationship between media, architecture and politics since the 1970s.
Szacka received a PhD in Architecture History and Theory from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in 2011. She taught both design studios and history and theory undergrad courses and postgrad seminars at Harvard GSD, The Berlage Center Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design (TU Delft), the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles, the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-Malaquais, the École nationale supérieure d’architecture Paris-Val de Seine, Nottingham Trent University and the Manufacture – Haute École Spéciale de Suisse Occidentale.
Szacka is the author of Exhibiting the Postmodern: the 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale (Marsilio, 2016, winner of the SAHGB 2017 Alice Davis Hitchcock Medallion), Biennials/Triennials: Conversations on the Geography of Itinerant Display (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2019) and co-author of Le Concert: Pink Floyd à Venise (Éditions B2, 2017). In 2018, she co-edited, with Véronique Patteeuw, Mediating Messages: On the Role of Exhibitions and Periodicals in Critically Shaping Postmodern Architecture (Bloomsbury, 2018) and, with Erik Langdalen and Andrea Pinochet, Concrete Oslo (Torpedo pres, 2018). She has also contributed to international journals such as Log, OASE, Arch+, AA Files, the Journal of Architectural Education, Architectural Theory Review, the Journal of Architecture, Les cahiers du musée d'art moderne, Domus, Architectural Design and Volume, as well as to numerous books including Exhibiting Architecture: Place and Displacement (Lars Müller, 2014), Terms of Appropriation: Modern Architecture and Global Exchange (Routledge, 2017) and Re-Framing Identities: Architecture’s Turn to History, 1970–1990 (Birkhäuser, 2017). Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Canada Council for the Arts, The Centre Pompidou, The Canadian Center for Architecture, The Laboratoire d'Excellence Création, Arts et Patrimoine, The Royal Insitute of British Architecture, the Gerda Henkel Stiftung, The British School at Rome, The Graham Foundation and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Arts.
Szacka is a member of the editorial board of Footprint Delft Theory Review (https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/footprint/index) and of Architectural History, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain (SAHGB) (https://www.sahgb.org.uk/journal). Since 2020, she is also part of the council of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN).
Recent Publications (selection)
Szacka, L.-C., Biennials/Triennials: Conversations on the Geography of Itinerant Display (New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2019).
Szacka, L.-C., Marini, S. and Lorrain, S., Le Concert: 1989, Pink Floyd à Venise (Paris: éditions B2, 2017).
Szacka, L.-C., Exhibiting the Postmodern: 1980 Venice Architecture Biennale (Venice: Marsilio, 2016).
Patteeuw, V. and Szacka, L.-C. (Eds.) Mediating Messages: On the Role of Exhibitions and Periodicals in Critically Shaping Postmodern Architecture (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).
Langdalen, E., Pinochet, A. and Szacka, L.-C. (Eds.) Concrete Oslo (Oslo: Torpedo pres, 2018).
Szacka, L.-C., 'The University is Dead, Long Live the University!', Architectural Theory Review, 2020.
Szacka, L.-C., 'A Room Within a Room Within a Room: AA 125 Travelling Exhibition or, the Period Room as Staging Device', Architectural Theory Review, vol.23, n.3, 2019, pp.380-397.
Szacka, L.-C., ‘Criticism From Within. Kenneth Frampton And The Retreat From Postmodernism’ OASE Journal of Architecture, 97, Action and Reaction in Architecture, November 2016, pp. 109-112.
Szacka, L.-C., 'The Materiality of the Immaterial: S, M, L, XL as Postmodern Manifesto?' Journal of Architectural Education, 69 (2), September 2015, pp.163-165.
Szacka, L.-C. and Parcollet, R., 'Writing Institutional Exhibition History: On the Centre Pompidou’s Catalogue Raisonné’s Project' Journal of Curatorial Studies, 4 (2), 2015.
Szacka, L.-C., 'Irony; or, the Self-Critical Opacity of Postmodern Architecture by Emmanuel Petit', The Journal of Architecture, 19(3), June 2014, pp. 457-464.
Szacka, L.-C., 'La Strategia della Maschera: OMA in Venice', LOG, 20, Fall 2016, pp.83-86.
Szacka, L.-C. and Micheli, S., 'Paolo’s Triangolo', AA Files, 72, June 2016, pp.98-106.
Szacka, L.-C., and Micheli, S., 'Paolo Portoghesi and the Postmodern Project' in Akos Moravanszky and Torsten Lange (Eds.) East, West, Central, Re-Framing Identities: Architecture’s Turn to History, 1970-1990 (Basel: Birkhäuser, 2017).
Szacka, L.-C., 'Exhibiting Ideologies: Architecture at the Venice Biennale [1968-1980]' in Pelkonen, E.-L., Chan C., Tasman D. (Eds.), Exhibiting Architecture: A Paradox ? (New Heaven/Barcelone: Yale School of Architecture/ActarD, 2015).
Szacka, L.-C., 'Debates on Display: E-A at the 1976 Biennale' in Arrhenius, T., Lending, M., Miller, W and McGowan, J. (Eds.), Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture (Zurich: Lars Müller publisher, 2014), pp.97-112.
Szacka, L.-C., 'Roma Interrotta: Postmodern Rome as the Source of Fragmented Narratives' in Holdaway, D., and Trentin, F. (Eds.) Rome, Postmodern Narratives of a Cityscape (London, Pickering and Chatto, 2013), pp.155-169.
Recently Awarded Research Grants and Fellowships
Mid-Career Fellowship, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2020.
Research Grant for individual, Graham Foundation (2019)
Visiting Fellowship at Monash University Art Design & Architecture (2019)