Henriette Steiner

Henriette Steiner

Associate Professor

Henriette Steiner is Associate Professor at the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning at the University of Copenhagen. She holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, UK, from 2008, and was Research Associate in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich in Switzerland for five years. She has been a visiting Associate Professor at the Department for Urban Studies and Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and in 2021 she will be Visiting Professor at the Institute of Landscape Architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna.

Henriette's research investigates the cultural role and meaning of architecture, cities and landscapes. Her work has been published widely in international books and journals, she has edited ten academic books and special journal issues and is author of three books:

  • The Emergence of a Modern City: Golden Age Copenhagen 1800–1850 (Routledge, 2014)
  • Tower to Tower: Gigantism in Architecture and Digital Culture (co-written with Kristin Veel, MIT Press, 2020)
  • Touch in the Time of Corona - Essays on Love, Care, and Vulnerability in the Pandemic (co-written with Kristin Veel, forthcoming, De Gruyter, 2021).

Henriette is project leader (jointly with Svava Riesto) of the research project Women in Danish Architecture 1925-1975, a three-year project with the aim is to provide a more just and complete understanding of Danish architecture history by highlighting the contribution of women to the architectural disciplines in Denmark. The project has received funding from Realdania, The Independent Research Fund Denmark, The National Building Foundation, The Danish Arts Foundation, Dreyers Fond and Karin and Georg Boyes Fond.

  • www.womenindanisharchitecture.dk

Henriette is PhD Coordinator at the Section for Landscape Architecture and Planning and is an elected member of the PhD Committee of the Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen. In 2020, she was Head of Studies of the BSc/MSc of Landscape Architecture for six months, during the first corona lockdown.



Free podcast: Historian Dorthe Chakravarty has interviewed Svava and myself about the project Women in Danish Architecture for her podcast series. Please listen here (in Danish):

  • https://www.womenindanisharchitecture.dk/podcast-dorthe-chakravarty/

Please visit the website www.womenindanisharchitecture.dk for further information and updates about the research project.

I will co-convene the PhD Course Architecture, Landscape and Gender at the Unviersity of Copenhagen in October and November 2021 - please enrol here:

  • https://phdcourses.ku.dk/DetailKursus.aspx?id=108239&sitepath=NAT


New book with MIT Press on gigantism in architecture and digital culture                                      


About the book:

We are proud to present our new book Tower to Tower: Gigantism in Architecture and Digital Culture (MIT Press, 2020). The book offers a cultural history of gigantism in architecture and digital culture, from the Eiffel Tower to the World Trade Center. It charts changing manifestations and understandings of the West's cultural ambition to construct gigantic things: buildings, digital networks, academic theories, even our own self-perceptions. In doing so, it probes and problematises the bigness that is all around and within us – a bigness through which we think, act, and feel in the early 21st century.

Responses to the book: 

“Through selected modern constructions—the Eiffel tower, the Twin Towers, and One World Trade Center—Tower to Tower offers a fresh, deep, and illuminating probe into the ambition to build bigger buildings, networks, and theories. This book will benefit anyone looking critically into digital culture and the domination of big moves in contemporary design.” Anne Bordeleau, O'Donovan Director, Waterloo Architecture

“Through a skillful and beautiful analysis of seemingly iconic and familiar skyscrapers in Paris, New York, and Beijing, Tower to Tower is an atlas of new concepts and vocabularies to inspire more diverse, equitable, sustainable, and critical spatial practices for the future.” Orit Halpern, Associate Professor in Interactive Design and Theory at Concordia University

“Interrogating the industrial urban overgrowth in the shape of huge pointy sticks, the authors of this beautifully written book challenge our culture's desire for the proudly erect. In their interwoven reading of architecture and communication technology, they persuasively demonstrate that 'the digital' is not just a cloud but also a spike. In response, they offer a way of cutting down to size both our habits and habitats.” Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London; author of Nonhuman Photography


Current course responsibility on two BA courses Landskabsarkitekturens historie, nutid og fremtid and Skrive- og Projektværksted i landskabs- og bystudier.

Supervision of BA and MA theses.

Supervision of doctoral students:

Hongxia Pu (ongoing)

Kristen van Haeren (completed, 2020) and Natalie Koerner (completed, 2019)

Postdoctoral advisor:

Jannie Bendsen (ongoing)

Maria Finn (completed, 2020)


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