Jennifer Ferng

Jennifer Ferng is an architectural historian who focuses on European architecture and the earth sciences during the long eighteenth century. Her second area of research examines contemporary architecture and politics in Oceania and southeast Asia. Before joining the University of Sydney, she was a visiting lecturer in the History, Theory, & Criticism section of MIT. Her articles have appeared in Architectural Theory Review, Change Over Time, Fabrications, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Leonardo, Passepartout, and Thresholds. She has written about architecture and geology, mining and the Anthropocene, as well as asylum seeker boats and offshore immigration detention centers. She has also contributed scholarly essays that have accompanied exhibitions organized by the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Her previous awards and fellowships include those from the Canadian Center for Architecture, Embassy of France and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Architectural History Network, La Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA), Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, Society of Architectural Historians, and the Yale Center for British Art. She currently holds a Transregional Junior Scholar Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and is a visiting scholar at the Harvard Asia Center, Harvard University for 2017-2018.

Ferng serves on the editorial board of Architectural Theory Review (published by Taylor & Francis/Routledge) and the book review panel for Leonardo at MIT Press. Recently, she co-convened one of the Clark Art Institute’s colloquia on the subject of artisanal praxis and state power. She received her PhD from MIT in 2012 and earned her professional degrees in architecture from Princeton and Rice University.

2012 Doctoral Dissertation:  Nature's Objects: Geology, Aesthetics, and the Understanding of Materiality in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France