About Anna

I am a writer and architectural historian from New Zealand. My work is broadly concerned with intersections of place, politics and aesthetics, with subjective experiences of architecture and landscape, and with concepts of ephemerality. I am very interested in experimental forms of writing, teaching and communicating research.

I recently completed a PhD in History of Art and Architecture at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the ways in which modern architecture, interior design and exhibition strategies shaped understandings and opinions of empire in interwar Paris. I looked at the Grande Mosquée de Paris, the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs, the 1931 Exposition Coloniale, the Palais de la Porte Dorée's exhibition history and at tourist infrastructure across Southeast Asia and North Africa.

I've previously worked in the Architecture and Design Department at the Museum of Modern Art, as a supervisor and guest lecturer in museum studies courses at the University of Cambridge, as a freelance copy-editor, as an event and portrait photographer and as a public speaking and debating coach. I have spoken about my work at universities and museums internationally.

You can follow me on Twitter here or on Instagram here. You can email me at anna.kate.blair@gmail.com.