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Barbara Kenda, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor

B.A., University of Ljubljana
M.Arch., Cornell University
M.Sc., University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Barbara Kenda’s research investigates the history and theory of architecture as well as current and future issues of our global built environment and health. She focuses on the subject of pneumatology [from ancient Greek pneuma: air, wind, spirit, soul], and on the integration of architecture, landscape architecture, medicine, environmental technologies and other disciplines of arts and sciences. Her research seeks to develop sustainable design solutions to create healthy buildings and cities, to minimize chronic diseases and to improve peoples’ lives.

Among her book and journal publications are: Aeolian Winds and the Spirit of Renaissance Architecture (Edited with Introduction by B. Kenda, Foreword by J. Rykwert, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London, New York, 2006); Green Living: Architecture and Planning (Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales, Afterword by B. Kenda, Co-produced by B. Kenda, S. Parissien and others for TPF, Rizzoli, New York, 2010); “Interview with Joseph Rykwert,” (Piranesi, Middle-European Architectural Journal for the Culture of Environment, Ljubljana: Piranesi Ltd., Autumn 2002); “Villa Eolia: On the Renaissance Art of Well-being” (RES 34, Autumn 1998, Anthropology and aesthetics; Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, 1998). Barbara has also published her research in other journals and conference proceedings. Currently, she is in the process of preparing her new book on architecture, urban landscapes and preventive medicine.

Barbara has taught architectural design, theory and history at undergraduate and graduate levels. She has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, University of Maryland, Virginia Tech and elsewhere. She has also taught at the U.S. Department of State and has served as a Director of Education at The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment in London, UK.

She has practiced architecture in Canada and in the U.S., and has created set designs, including for the Wilma Theater’s musical “Gunmetal Blues” in Philadelphia.

In 2004, Barbara organized an interdisciplinary symposium “Academia Eolia Revisited” which took place in Renaissance villas, gardens and their underground caves in Costozza, Italy. She has co-organized and/or presented papers at other international conferences and events, including “Form Based Codes” (TPF, Lincoln, 2007); “The Politics of Place” (TPF, London, 2006); “Healthy Buildings” (Lisbon, 2006); “Landscapes of Waters: History, Innovation and Sustainable Design” (Monopoli, Italy, 2002); “Reusing the Past” (Monemvasia, Greece, 2002); “8th International Conference of ACUUS” (Xi’an, China, 1999); “8th Annual Symposium on Visual Representation” (University of California, Berkeley, 1997) and others. She has also lectured and/or served on juries and steering committees, including at the ICAA (New York), Virginia Tech (Alexandria), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), Carleton University (Ottawa) and elsewhere.

Barbara Kenda has been awarded the Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University) postdoctoral Fellowship in Landscape Architecture for 2001/2002. For her design, research, publications, teaching and other academic work, she has received international, national and university fellowships, scholarships, awards and grants such as Graham (Chicago); Samuel H. Kress (New York); Gladys Krieble Delmas (New York); Penfield, and Salvatori (University of Pennsylvania); Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, and Science Foundation (Slovenia); Richmond H. Shreve, and Robert J. Eidlitz (Cornell University) and others. She is a coauthor of “Joze and Franc” (Problemi Literatura, 2/87), an essay on Plecnik and Kafka, which won first prize in a Slovenian national literary competition.

bkenda@vt.edu