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Petra Kempf

Assistant Professor

Campus Box 1079
Biography 

Petra Kempf, PhD, is a practicing architect and urban designer currently based in New York City; she will join the Washington University architecture faculty in January 2019, working closely with the Center for the Humanities on The Divided City initiative. She has worked at institutions within the public and private sector, including the NYC Department of City Planning, the Project for Public Spaces, and Richard Meier & Partners. She has taught at schools throughout the United States and Europe, including the Rhode Island School of Design, Columbia University, Cornell University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, and the University of Dortmund, Germany. Kempf earned a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Fellowship, the Architectural League of New York’s Young Architect Award, and a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of New Frontiers in Spatial Concepts and is the founder of Urban Transits, an interdisciplinary research initiative focusing on the transient nature of cities. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in the United States and Europe and has been featured in multiple publications. She is the author of You are the City (2009) and (K)ein Ort Nirgends, Der Transitraum im urbanen Netzwerk (2010).