Beth Weinstein is a registered architect whose scholarship and practice focuses on sites of intersection between architectural and performance, from the scale of the drawing board to urban spaces and landscapes.  Working within the severe climate and landscape of the Sonoran Desert, Weinstein’s research and teaching also connects to the utopian and environmental lineage of artistic and architectural practices in the American Southwest.

She has taught undergraduate and graduate design studios; history, theory and techniques of representation; building technologies; and workshops/seminars exploring performance and space. Recent projects with her students have included ephemeral installations around topics of the anthropocene, public space, and water issues;  a performed reinterpretation of visionary 20th century theaters (SHiFT); and the curation and design of an exhibition celebrating choreographer Merce Cunningham’s collaborative legacy. 

Weinstein has presented her work and research internationally, and is published in JAE, Places, Performance Research Journal, the Architect’s Newspaper, Metropolis and Dance Ink. She has contributed chapters to Performing Architectures: Contemporary Projects, Practices and PedagogiesThe Routledge Companion to Scenography; Disappearing Stage: Reflections on the 2011 Prague Quadrennial; and Architecture as a Performing Art. She received the NY Architectural League’s Young Architect’s Award, and been Artist in Residence at The Window (Paris), Bundanon Trust (New South Wales), the Casa de Velazquez (Madrid) and the Museum of Contemporary Art-Tucson. She serves on the advisory editorial board of the Routledge journal of Theater + Performance Design, and previously served on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE). She co-chairs Performance Studies international's Performance+Design working group.

Building upon the Collaborative Legacy exhibition research, she is working on a book titled Architecture+Choreography: projects at the seam between spatial practices. Through interviews, critical texts and visual documentation, the book examines not only created artifacts and performance events that emerged through collaborations, but also the methodologies, concepts, and approaches that allowed those working with body, space, and time to make works that pushed the boundaries of each participant’s practice.

Beth studied design at Syracuse University (BFA) and earned a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. She is currently on leave from the UA while she completes a PhD through the University of Tasmania.


  • Associate Professor Beth Weinstein’s article, "Performances of Spatial Labor rendering the (in)visible... Read More
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Works by Master of Architecture students across the studio sequence, from the summer immersion study to Masters Project, and from structures and materials+methods courses, plus the learning environments, from labs, to field trips, master classes and the studios.