Architect, Historian, and Theorist
Alicia Imperiale is an architect, artist, historian, and theorist. She holds a BArch from Pratt Institute with Highest Honors; an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College, City University of New York; and an MA and PhD in Architectural History & Theory with an emphasis in Science and Technology Studies from Princeton University. She is a licensed architect in New York.
Her work harnesses various modes of inquiry and expression to investigate the underlying impact of technology on the arts, society, and culture. Her scholarly work examines the interplay between technology and art, architecture, representation, and fabrication from the postwar period to the present. She is the author of New Flatness: Surface Tension in Digital Architecture (Birkhauser, 2000); “Seminal Space: Getting under the Digital Skin,” in RE:SKIN (MIT, 2006); “Organic Italy? The Troubling Case of Rinaldo Semino,” in Perspecta 43 (2010); “Stupid Little Automata” in Architecture Culture (2014); “Post 1965 Italy: The Metaprogetto sì e no” in Industries of Architecture (Routledge, 2015); “Organic Architecture as an Open Work,” in Zevi's Architects: History and Counter-History from Postwar to the End of the 20th Century (Quodlibet, 2018) and “Luigi Moretti: A Prehistory of Parametric Architecture,” Log 44, (2018), among others. Her book manuscript Organic Architecture as an Open Work: The aesthetics of experimentation in art, technology & architecture in postwar Italy expands upon her dissertation from Princeton University. In 2016-17 she was a Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, where she conducted research for her current book project Machine Consequences: Origins of Output. She was an Affiliated Fellow at the American Academy in Rome and has returned many times as a Visiting Scholar. . Her work has been supported by a the American Academy in Rome, the Center for the Humanities at Temple University Faculty Fellowship, an MIT Mellon Grant Initiative for contribution to the Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative, a Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Research Grant, and a Cornell University Society for the Humanities Fellowship among others. She has lectured internationally on her work.
Alicia is a Critic at the Yale University School of Architecture and has taught at Cornell University, Pratt Institute, Columbia University, Parsons | The New School, Temple University, and SCIarc. At Yale CEA, Alicia works on framing and articulating the theoretical discourses that unite the sciences and the arts at the heart of all of the work at the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture and finding words that bring this work to both specialized readers as well as to a larger audience.