Beatriz Colomina is the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture, the founding director of the Media and Modernity program at Princeton University and the Director of Graduate Studies (Ph.D. program) in the School of Architecture. Colomina was born in Madrid and studied architecture in the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona, where she also did her Ph.D.
She writes, teaches and curates on questions of design, art, sexuality and media and her writings have been translated into more than 25 languages. Her books include Are We Human? Notes on an Archeology of Design (Lars Muller, 2016); Das Andere/The Other: A Journal for the Introduction of Western Culture into Austria (Lars Muller, 2016); The Century of the Bed (2015); Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (Stenberg Press, 2014); Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X (ACTAR, 2010); La Domesticidad en Guerra/Domesticity at War (ACTAR 2006 / MIT 2007); Doble exposición: Arquitectura a través del arte (AKAL, 2006); Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (MIT, 1994); y Sexuality and Space (1992). Her last book is X-Ray Architecture (Lars Muller, 2019). Es coeditora del libro Radical Pedagogies (MIT Press, 2022).
She has curated a number of exhibitions including Clip/Stamp/Fold (2006-2013), Playboy Architecture (2012-2016), Radical Pedagogies (2014-2015), Liquid La Habana (2018), The 24/7 Bed (2018) and Sick Architecture (2022). In 2016 she was chief curator with Mark Wigley of the third Istanbul Design Biennial. In 2018 she was mas made Honorary Doctor by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and 2020 she was awarded the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for her contributions to the field of architecture.