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 project Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture, and part of The Printed and the Built. Architecture and Public Debate in Modern Europe (both funded by the Norwegian Research Council). Lending is currently working on the project Images of Egypt within the EU-funded HERA project Printing the Past: Architecture, Print Culture, and Uses of the Past in Modern Europe (PriArc). It will result in the exhibition Images of Egypt at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo October–December 2018, and a book with the same title. Lending’s monograph Plaster Monuments. Architecture and the Power of Reproduction (Princeton University Press) appeared in December 2017.

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). From 2005 through 2009, she was a postdoctoral fellow on the research project, Modernism on Display. Lending has been a visiting scholar at the GSD, Harvard University, Columbia University, NY, and at Yale School of Architecture.

Lending publishes on literature and architecture, and has edited a number of books, book series and journals. A Feeling of History (Peter Zumthor/Mari Lending), will appear in the spring 2018 (Zurich: Scheidegger & Spiess).


Selected publications

Monographs and edited books:

Plaster Monuments: Architecture and the Power of Reproduction. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2017.

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

Modelling Time. The Permanent Collection 1925–2014, ed. and with an introduction by Mari Lending and Mari Hvattum. Oslo: Torpedo Press 2014.

Arkitekturdepoter: Stavkirkeportaler og Piranesistikk, ed. and with an introduction by Mari Lending and Victor Plahte Tschudi. Oslo: AHO, 2013.

‘Vor Tids Fordringer’. Norske arkitekturdebatter 1818–1919, ed. and with an introduction by Mari Lending and Mari Hvattum. Oslo: Pax 2012.

Kopi & Original. Inversjoner i opprinnelsestenkningens historie, ed. and with an introduction by Karin Gundersen and Mari Lending. Oslo: Scandinavian Academic Press 2011.

Omkring 1900: Kontinuiteter i norsk arkitekturtenkning. Oslo: Pax, 2007.



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

”Architecture at the limit. Peter Zumthor’s Witchburning memorial in Vardø”, in Louise Bourgeois/ Peter Zumthor: Steilneset Memorial. Oslo: Press forlag 2011/2016.

“Rom”, in Knut Stene-Johansen (ed.), Å leve sammen. Roland Barthes, individet og fellesskapet. Oslo: Spartacus forlag, 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.

“Out of Place: Circulating Monuments” in Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen (ed.), Exhibiting Architecture – A Paradox?. New Haven: Yale School of Architecture, 2015.

“The Urgencies of Theoretical Stuff”, in James Graham (ed.), 2000+: The Urgencies of Architectural Theory. New York: GSAPP Books, 2015.

“Traveling Portals”, in Place and Displacement: Exhibiting Architecture, eds. T. Arrhenius, M. Lending, J. McGowan. Zurich: Lars Müller Publishers, 2014.

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

“Proust and Plaster”, London: AA Files, no. 67, 2013.

“Wandering among Models: Stendhal, Proust, Sebald”, in From Site to Sight: The Transformation of Place in Art and Literature, eds. Turid Karlsen Seim and Victor Plahte Tschudi. Rome: Scienze e Lettere, 2013.

“Architecture and the Archive” (with Mari Hvattum), Nordic Journal of Architecture, 3/2012.

“Venetian temporalities: Veronese&Piranesi Out of Joint”, (Fall 2012).

“Writing a Life from the Inside of a Drawing: Stendhal’s Vie de Henry Brulard”, Chora 6. Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press 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. History, Theory, & Criticism, vol. 6 no 1, 2009.

“Revisiting the Exotic. Space Group and Norwegian Architectural Culture”, in Untitled 2000–2008. Space Group/Norway. Seoul: Damdi Architectural Publishers, 2008.


Originally posted Jan 18, 2013. Latest revision Feb 1, 2018.

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