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Dr. Katia Frey

Institute of Architecture and Planning
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Katia Frey is an art historian (PhD), specialized in the field of history and theory of urban design with a focus on cultural aspects, urban green and early concepts of urban sustainability. From 1998 to 2016 she was a researcher and lecturer at the Chair for the History and Theory of Urban design at the gta institute of ETH Zurich, where she co-directed the research project "History of Urban Design Theory" and co-edited Anthologie zum Städtebau (5 vol., Berlin: Geb. Mann, 2005, 2008, 2014) and Stadt & Text (Berlin: Geb. Mann, 2010), her contribution dealing especially with the beginnings of the urban design discipline in France and Great-Britain in 18th Century and its modern implementation in the Garden city movement. Current research interests mainly concern gender topics in architecture and planning: "Flora Ruchat-Roncati at ETH 1985-2002. Professor, Planner, Theoretician", funded by the Swiss National Research Foundation SNF, the exhibition and publication project Swiss Women's exhibition SAFFA 1958, and a biographical reseach on Swiss Women Architects. Latest publications are Theoretikerinnen des Städtebaus and Frauen Blicken auf die Stadt (both ed. with Eliana Perotti, Berlin: Reimer, 2015 and 2019).
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