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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 integration of architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, environmental technology, preventive medicine, and pneumatology. Her interdisciplinary research seeks to develop sustainable design solutions to create healthy buildings and cities, to minimize chronic diseases, and to improve peoples’ lives.

Her publications and contributions include: Aeolian Winds and the Spirit of Renaissance Architecture; Green Living: Architecture and Planning; and “Pneuma in Villa Eolia: On the Renaissance Art of Well-being.” She has lectured and presented her papers worldwide, most recently at Harvard GSD’s Symposium “On Atmospheres.”

Barbara has practiced architecture in both Canada and the United States. She has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and elsewhere. She has also served as a director of education at The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment in London.

Her honors and awards include the: Harvard University Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies; Graham Foundation Grant for Advanced Studies of the Fine Arts; Cornell University Shreve Award for Excellence in Architectural Design; University of Pennsylvania Penfield Scholarship; Samuel H. Kress Foundation Grants; and others.