BiographyAnna Sokolina is an architect, historian, and curator, Founder and Chair of Women in Architecture AG of the Society of Architectural Historians SAH, Co-Chair of SAH WiA Registers Committee (with Barbara Ann Opar), Board Honorary Advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture IAWA and Advisory Board Member of The Bloomsbury Global Encyclopedia of Women in Architecture (ed. Lori Brown and Karen Burns, forthcoming). Her over ninety publications include The Routledge Companion to Women in Architecture (ed., 2021), Architecture and Anthroposophy (ed., 2001, 2010, 2019), “Biology in Architecture” (2016, 2019), and Life to Architecture: Milka Bliznakov Scholar Report (2019, 2021). Her research is focused on women’s narratives in architecture and on transformative trends in architecture that ignite a cross-disciplinary discourse. Other areas of study: Paper Architecture, architecture and utopia, architecture and spiritual science, architecture genealogies of memory, recent-century built environments in the US, Europe, and Russia.
Sokolina holds a PhD in Theory and History of Architecture and Landmarks Preservation (1992) from VNIITAG branch of Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences and a degree in Arts Administration from New York University School of Professional Studies (2001). She was first independent woman curator of the itinerant Paper Architecture exhibitions in Germany and France (1992–93) under contract with Moscow Association of Junior Architects with support by Senate Berlin, Grün Berlin GMBh, École d’architecture de Strasbourg ENSAS, and Bürgerhaus Gröbenzell; and first female lecturer from Russia invited after the collapse of the USSR by European Academy of the Urban Environment EA.UE Berlin in the UNESCO program "Sustainable Settlements." She served on Advisory Board of Artmargins and was first SAH Liaison elected to SHERA Board.
She graduated from Moscow Institute of Architecture (1980) and interned at Guggenheim Museum New York, Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Public Design Commission of New York City at the Mayor’s Office, contributed for nine years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Education Department, and The Morgan Library and Museum, and worked as Curator of Exhibitions at Tabakman Museum in Hudson, NY. During her t-track as member of architecture faculty at Miami University she curated Cage Gallery, served on Council on Diversity, REEE Curriculum Committee, Havighurst Advisory Committee, and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Selection Committee. As artist, she participated in 19 exhibitions, 5 of them at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; her 104 artworks are housed in 23 public and private collections. IAWA at Virginia Tech holds a collection of her professional records, dissertation thesis and boards, artwork, and correspondence with the IAWA Founder (Series VI), as well as over 25 collections of women architects that she solicited for the Archive.
Sokolina presented at 84 academic conferences, received 17 awards, grants and scholarships, and is affiliated with 14 professional societies. Her book-in-progress: Building Utopia: Architecture of the GDR, and she is editing the volume of the IAWA founder Milka Bliznakov, The Great Experiment in Architecture 1917–1932.