Anna-Maria T. Meister

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow
Visiting Predoctoral Fellows are candidates for a doctorate at an accredited university who are externally financed by the home university or other fellowship.
Department II
Doctoral Student, Princeton University
September 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018

Anna-Maria Meister is a PhD candidate pursuing a joint degree in the History and Theory of Architecture Program and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Doctoral Program (IHUM) at Princeton University. Her dissertation From Form to Norm: The Systematization of Values in German Design 192x-195x focuses on technical norms and normed objects as projection surfaces for societal desires, investigating their design, production, and dissemination as institutional values in the first half of the twentieth century. Meister holds degrees in architecture from Columbia University and the Technical University of Munich. While maintaining disciplinary specificity in this project about modern Gestaltung (and its morality) at its core, she continuously explores elective affinities to other disciplines and will use her stay as a pre-doctoral fellow at the Max-Planck Institute to situate her work within current research on data, paper, rationality, and its construction as well as histories of epistemologies of knowledge. Her work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, DAAD, Columbia University, and Princeton University, among others. Meister’s research was published in Harvard Design Magazine, Volume, Uncube, Baumeister, Arch+ and as a book chapter in Architecture and the Paradox of Dissidence (Routledge, 2013), and was featured at the Lisbon Triennial (2013), the 14th Venice Biennial (2014), and the 7th Warsaw "Under Construction" Festival (2015).

June 2017
Conference, Annual Conference of the Society of Architecture Historians (SAH)
"Models of Destruction"
October 2016
Colloquium, Bauhaus University, 13th International Bauhaus-Colloquium Dust and Data, Weimar
"Ulm circa 1954: Finding the Right Maßstab for the Good Object"
April 2016
Conference, Annual Conference of the Society of Architecture Historians (SAH)
"Coded Architecture: The Paradox of Control" (Panel-Chair)
March 2016
Conference, Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
"Probing Technique: Building Research in Architecture's Modernity" (Panel-Chair)
April 2014
Lecture, Bauhaus University, Invited lecture at the symposium Neufert in Weimar
"Formatting Modern Man: From Octametric System to Lebensgestaltungslehre"


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