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Catalina Mejia Moreno

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Scholarly biography

Catalina Mejía Moreno is an architect and architectural historian formed in Colombia and the UK. She holds a BA from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, an MA in Architectural History from the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and a PhD in Architectural Theory and Criticism from Newcastle University (UK) with the thesis ‘Returns – Towards a Photographic Criticism’ [Or, the case of the North and South American elevators and the Berliner Bild Bericht] where she explores the ‘photographic canon’ as an architectural phenomena in itself, and suggests material practices to destabilise and subvert its normalization.

Her research on photography and architecture has been funded by the DAAD and the Getty Research Institute. She was also an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the CCA in Montreal for the multidisciplinary research project Architecture and/for Photography(2016-7). She is the co-founder with Dr. Anne Hultzsch of the EAHN Interest Group Building Word and Image.

Interested in the ethics of collaboration her more recent (collaborative) work with Dr. Emma Cheatle and her research interests explore critical ways of decolonizing and re-energising architectural history and theory teaching

She works as member of the Editorial Board of Dearquitectura, Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Brighton and Adjunct Faculty member at the Universidad de los Andes.

Education/Academic qualification



Bachelor, Universidad de Los Andes Colombia

Research Output 2010 2019

American South
Walter Gropius

To Manifest

Mejia Moreno, C., León, A. M., Merrett, A. J., Ziaee, A., Kent, C., Stiles, E., Cheatle, E., Chuong, J. Y., Maxim, J., Guinness, K., Larocci, L., Tanga, M., Touloumi, O., Choi, R., Surface, S., Sohail, S., Parrish, S. & Paneth-Pollak, T., 2018, In : Harvard Design Magazine. 46, p. 182-189

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch


Camera Constructs: Photography, Architecture and the Modern City, edited by Andrew Higgott and Timothy Wray

Mejia Moreno, C., 16 Jun 2016, In : Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. 75, 2, p. 228-229

Research output: Contribution to journalBook ReviewResearchpeer-review

Introduction: Building Word Image, a New Arena for Architectural History

Hultzsch, A. & Mejia Moreno, C., 30 Sep 2016, In : Architectural Histories. 4, 1, p.  1–6 13.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Architectural History
Architectural Historian
Interest Groups

Walter Gropius's silos and Reyner Banham's grain elevators as art-objects

Mejia Moreno, C., 2016, Industries of Architecture. Lloyd Thomas, K., Amhoff, T. & Beech, N. (eds.). London, p. 25-36 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2012 2018

FAAC Your Syllabus!

Catalina Mejia Moreno (Participant)
21 Apr 2018

Activity: EventsWorkshop

Now What?! Advocacy Activism and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968

Catalina Mejia Moreno (Participant)
21 Apr 2018

Activity: EventsExhibition, performance

Building Word Image Group: Architecture Published Roundtable

Catalina Mejia Moreno (Participant), Anne Hultzsch (Participant)
13 Jun 2018

Activity: EventsWorkshop

Dearquitectura (Journal)

Catalina Mejia Moreno (Member of editorial board)
1 Jun 2018 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Talking Pictures, a Circuit.

Catalina Mejia Moreno (Participant)
14 Oct 2017

Activity: EventsExhibition, performance