Beth Weinstein

Associate Professor of Architecture
Program Chair, Object and Spatial Design emphasis areas, BA Design Arts & Practices (BA DAP)
University of Arizona Inclusive Leadership Fellow

Programs

  • Architecture
  • Master of Science in Architecture
  • School of Architecture
Beth Weinstein

CAPLA 203D

Areas of Expertise

  • Architecture and design
  • Critical spatial practices
  • Performance and Choreography in/of Space
  • Public space
  • Sites of Internment
  • Spatial Politics

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy, College of Arts and Media, University of Tasmania
  • Master of Architecture, GSAPP, Columbia University
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna Cum Laude, College of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University

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Biography

Beth Weinstein’s practice and research move between the architectural and the performative, and across scales from drawing to performance-installations to urban interventions, investigating spatial manifestations and invisibilities of political, environmental, and labor issues. Her practice-based doctoral research explored how performances of spatial labor, employing architecture’s instruments (text, drawings and models), can render ‘sensible’ (in)visibilities around architectures of internment. Co-founder of ReSI (Remembering Spaces of Internment), she continues to ask what forms of architecture, and associated invisibilities, are produced through executive order and under states of exception.

Beth has extensively published on performativity in and of public space, theater architecture, and scenography (see publications below). 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. Her forthcoming book, Architecture + Choreography: Collaborations in Dance, Space and Time (Routledge 2024) builds upon research that resulted in the Collaborative Legacy of Merce Cunningham exhibition. Through critical texts, photos and original drawings, Architecture + Choreography examines the artifacts and performance events that emerged through forty collaborations, unpacking the methodologies, concepts, and approaches that pushed the boundaries of participants’ practices.

Beth is a registered architect and founded Architecture Agency in 2002 after more than a decade of practice in the offices of Jean Nouvel, Asymptote, SOM and others. She has coordinated and taught undergraduate and graduate design studios; capstone; critical inquiry; history, theory and techniques of representation; building technologies; and workshop-seminars exploring performance, politics and public space. Recent pedagogical projects explored how urban spaces invisible-ize, how states of exception curtail rights of assembly, and rethink architecture and urban social and ecological infrastructures through the lens of the anthropocene. She has lectured internationally, taught at ENSA Paris-Malaquais, the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA), Confluence Institute and Columbia University in Paris, as well as Columbia’s GSAPP, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Pratt Institute, and Parsons/The New School for Design. At the University of Arizona she is a faculty affiliate of the School of Art, of the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory GIDP (SCCT), and Arizona Institutes for Resilience (AIR).

Courses

  • ARC 195b Why Design Matters (BA.DAP)
  • ARC 435/535 Forms of Critical Inquiry and Expression
  • ARC 451p Architecture + Performance
  • ARC 497 Project Inquiry
  • ARC 498 Capstone Studio

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News, Research and Projects

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Beth Weinstein

Prestigious Graham Foundation Grant Supports Architecture Professor Beth Weinstein's Research on Architecture and Choreography

Thanks in part to a 2022 grant from Chicago-based Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Associate Professor of Architecture Beth Weinstein is synthesizing more than a decade of her research on architecture and dance into a book that “establishes a field of practice, raises many critical questions” and also aims to “inspire people interested in interdisciplinary dialogues.”

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CAPLA student in Materials Labs

CAPLA Launches Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Design Arts and Practices with Emphasis Areas in Object and Space

CAPLA's School of Architecture has partnered with the School of Art and School of Information to offer a new, transdisciplinary undergraduate degree: the Bachelor of Arts in Design Arts and Practices. CAPLA coordinates two of the degree's four emphasis areas: Object Design and Spatial Design.