Mari Lending


Mari Lending is a professor in architectural theory and history, and a founding member of OCCAS (the Oslo Centre for Critical Architectural Studies). She was a senior researcher in the international research projects Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture, The Printed and the Built. Architecture and Public Debate in Modern Europe (both funded by the Norwegian Research Council), as well as the EUfunded HERA project Printing the Past: Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe (PriArc).


Lending did her first dissertation (Mag. art) in comparative literature on Marcel Proust at the University of Oslo (1997) and defended her Ph.D. dissertation in architectural historiography at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (2005). Shehas been a visiting scholar at the GSD, Harvard University, Columbia University, NY, and Yale School of Architecture.


MariLending publishes on literature and architecture, and has edited a number of books, book series and journals. Among her latest books are Plaster Monuments. Architecture and the Power of Reproduction (Princeton University Press, 2017), with Peter Zumthor, A Feeling of History  (Scheidegger & Spiess, 2018), Images of Egypt, with Tim Anstey and Eirik Bøhn (Pax, 2018), and Sverre Fehn, Nordic Pavilion, Venice. Voices from the Archives, with Erik Langdalen (Lars Müller/Pax, 2021). Lending is the Vice President of EAHN (European Architectural History Network), and presently works on architecture and provenance.


Selected publications

«Teaching Architecture at full scale». In The Tacit Dimension: Architecture Knowledge and Scientific Research, ed. Lara Schrijver. Leuven University Press, 2021.

“Dansende søyler.” Kunst og kultur, 3 (2020).

“Returning to distorted origins”. In The Aura in the Age of Digital Materiality. Rethinking Preservation in the Shadow of an Uncertain Future, eds. Adam Lowe et al. Silvana Editoriale, 2020.

“Lost Continents, Projective Objects”. In Museums as Culture of Copies: The Crafting of Artefacts and Authenticity, eds. Brita Brenna, H. D. Christensen and O. Hamram. Routledge, 2019.

“Invented Ex-Situ.” Future Anterior. Journal on Historic Preservation. Vol. 15, no. 2 (2018).   

“Chambre/Room.” In Living together. Roland Barthes, the Individual, and the Community, eds.K. Stene-Johansen, C. Refsum, J. Schimanski. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2018.

“Preserved in Plaster”. In Copy Culture: Sharing in the Age of Digital Reproduction, ed. Brendan Cormier. V&A Publishing, 2018.

“Fabrics of Reality: Art and Architecture in László Krasznahorkai.” In Reading Architecture. Literary Imagination and Architectural Experience, eds. A. Sioli and Y. Jung.Routledge, 2018.

“Reciting the Tomb of Tutankhamun”. Perspecta vol. 49 (2016).

”Architecture at the limit. Peter Zumthor’s Witchburning memorial in Vardø”. In LouiseBourgeois/Peter Zumthor: Steilneset Memorial. Pressforlag, 2011/2016.

“Promenade among Words and Things: The Gallery as Catalogue, the Catalogue as Gallery”. Architectural Histories, 3(1): 20(2015).

“The Art of Collecting Architecture”. Volume, vol. 44(2015).

“The Urgencies of Theoretical Stuff”. In J.Graham (ed.), 2000+: The Urgencies of Architectural Theory. GSAPP Books, 2015.

Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture, ed. and introduced with T. Arrhenius, W. Miller. Lars Müller, 2014.

Modelling Time. The Permanent Collection 1925–2014, withMari Hvattum.Torpedo Press 2014.

“The Permanent Collection of 1925: Oslo Modernism in Paper and Models”. Architectural Histories, 2(1): 3(2014).

“Wandering among Models: Stendhal, Proust, Sebald”. In From Site to Sight: The Transformation of Place in Art and Literature, eds. T.K.Seim and V.P.Tschudi. Rome: Scienze e Lettere, 2013.

“Proust and Plaster”. AA Files, no. 67(2013).

‘Vor Tids Fordringer’. Norske arkitekturdebatter 1818–1919, ed. and introduced with M.Hvattum. Pax,2012.

“Writing a Life from the Inside of a Drawing: Stendhal’s Vie de Henry Brulard”, Chora 6. Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture(2011).

“Glassets feaktige prakt. M.J. Monrad om arkitekturens oppløsning”. Nytt norsk tidsskrift 1(2011).

“Historisk Røntgen. Arkitekturfremstilling i W.G. Sebalds Austerlitz”. Vinduet 1(2010).

“Negotiating Absence. Bernard Tschumi’s new Acropolis Museum in Athens”. Journal on Architecture, vol. 15, no. 5(2009).

“Landscape Versus Museum. J.C. Dahl and the Preservation of Norwegian Burial Mounds”, Future Anterior. Journal on Historic Preservation, vol. 6 no.1(2009).


Originally posted Jan 18, 2013. Latest revision May 4, 2021.

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