Dr Jennifer H. Ferng



Dr Jennifer H. Ferng
Room 552, G04 'Wilkinson Building', 148 City Road, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
+61 2 9351 5914


Research Areas | Units and Programs | Academic Qualifications | Professional Experience | Memberships and Associations | Biography | Publications and Outputs | Postgraduate Supervision

Research areas:

  • European architecture and decorative arts from 1700 to present
  • History of the earth sciences including geology
  • Metallurgy, mineralogy
  • History of modern landscape and its relation to built design
  • Architectural materials, nature, and technology
  • Art history’s relationship to material culture
  • Critical theory

Units and Programs

  • TBA

Academic Qualifications

PhD | History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 2012.

Visiting Student | Master 2, Histoire des sciences et histoire des techniques, directed by Bruno Belhoste, Chateaubriand supervisor, Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, France. Sept 2008 – June 2009.

M.Arch M.Arch, Master of Architecture, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. June 2002.

B.Arch | Bachelor of Architecture, Rice University, Houston, TX, 2000

B.A. | Bachelor of Arts, Rice University, Houston, TX, 1998

Academic Experience

2012 | Lecturer of Architecture, University of Sydney, Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Planning.

2012 | Visiting Lecturer, MIT, History, Theory, & Criticism of Architecture and Art

2009-12 | Doctoral Researcher, Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris, France

2004-07 | Teaching Assistant, MIT, History, Theory, & Criticism of Architecture and Art.

2004-05 | Research Assistant, Sherry Turkle, MIT Initiative on Technology and Self

2002-03 | Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY.

2001-03 | Visiting Critic, Pratt Institute, School of Architecture, Brooklyn, NY.

2003 | Design Instructor, Parsons School of Design, New School University, New York, NY

2003 | Visiting Critic, City University of New York, New York, NY

2001-02 | Research Assistant, Princeton University, School of Architecture, Princeton, NJ


Publications and Outputs

Book Chapters | Journal Articles | Conference Presentations and Publications | Public Lectures and Presentations

Book Chapters

2012 | 1740, L’abrégé du monde (Paris and Lyon, France: Fage Éditions, May 2012), ed. Anne Lafont, “Quartz,” (French).

2012 | Impact 7: Intersections and Counterpoints Proceedings (Melbourne, Australia: Monash University Publishing, 2012), ed. Luke Morgan, “Portrait Punching: The Monetary Screw Press, Imprinting, and the Quest for Perfection.”

Journal Articles

2012 | Journal of Art Historiography, “Sociable Neighbors and Object Design at the Eighteenth-Century Louvre,” University of Birmingham, UK (December 2012, under review).

2011 | Passepartout 31: Skrifter for Kunsthistorie, Special issue entitled Paradoxes of Appearing (February 2011), “Nineteenth Century Thoughts on Systems of Nature: Geological Theories, Artistic Representations, and Technical Expertise,” p.63-78 (English and Danish).

2006 | Thresholds 32: Access, editor Z. Pamela Karimi, Fall 2006, Contributor, “Designing Conclusions for a Cold War Humanity.”

2005 | National Science Foundation Report (NSF Grant #IIS-0220347), "Information Technologies and Professional Identity: A Comparative Study of the Effects of Virtuality," December 2005, Sherry Turkle with Co-PI's: H. Gusterson, J. Dumit, D. Mindell, S. Silbey (research assistants: N. Myers, Y. Loukissas, and J. Ferng).

2004 | Thresholds 27, Exploration, ed. Lauren Kroiz, Winter 2004, “Nanobiochemiophysics: A Conversation with Peter Galison.”

2003 | 306090, A Journal of Emergent Architecture and Design, eds. Alexander Briseno and Jonathan Solomon, Issue 5, October 2003, “Four from New York.”

2001 | 306090, A Journal of Emergent Architecture and Design, Issue 1, Fall 2001, Cofounder / Editor.

Published by Princeton Architectural Press. See website at http://www.306090.org

Conference Presentations and Publications

2012 | Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ), Sydney, Australia, July 12-14, 2012, “Sociable Neighbours and Object Design at the Eighteenth-Century Louvre” on panel Friendship and Rivalry.

2012 | Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Detroit, MI, April 18-22, 2012, “Sociable Neighbors and Object Design at the Eighteenth-Century Louvre” on panel Buildings and Objects: Baroque, Rococo, and Beyond.

2011 | Impact 7: Intersections and Counterpoints, International Multidisciplinary Printmaking Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, September 27-30, 2011, “Portrait Punching: The Monetary Screw Press, Imprinting, and the Quest for Perfection” on panel Paper Architecture: The Unbuilt in Printmedia.

2011 | Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Des theories et des choses: nouvelles orientations dans l’étude des arts décoratifs, Paris, France, June 6, 2011, “L’états revolutionnaires d’échange: économie matérielle ou la transformation de l’ornement et de la monnaie.”

2010 | Constellation Center, Cambridge, MA, August 18-19, 2010, invited lecture on stone, technology, and construction techniques in 18th century British architecture and critic for workshop charrette on the design of an upcoming performing arts complex.

2010 | Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), “Culture et techniques matérielles après Leonard,” Paris, France, June 9, 2010, round table discussion organized with co-authors Christopher Heuer, Princeton University, and Luke Morgan, Monash University. Invited respondents included Johannes Grave, Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art; Matteo Porrino, École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Strasbourg; Julie Ramos, INHA and Université Paris I.

2010 | Society of Architectural Historians (SAH), Chicago, IL, April 24, 2010, “Unearthing Prosperity: The Art of Mining, Governance, and Perceptions of Landscape in Early Modern France,” on panel Alpenreisen und Wüstenwanderungen: Envisioning Landscapes of Early Modernity (cancelled due to travel interruptions).

2010 | Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte / Centre Allemand d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, France, March 24, 2010 and May 26, 2010, invited participant for seminar “Repenser matérialité” on art history’s relation to material culture, organized by Boris Gibhardt, Johannes Grave, and Julie Ramos.

2010 | American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Albuquerque, NM, March 19, 2010, “Mining, Modernism, and the Visual Culture of the Geological Landscape in Late Eighteenth Century France,” on panel Visualizing Interiority in the Eighteenth Century.

2010 | Département des études et de la recherche (DER) at Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris, France, February 4, 2010, “L’orfèvres français, l’art, et la question de l’épistemologie au 18e siècle.”

2009 | Association of Art Historians (AAH), Manchester, United Kingdom, April 3, 2009, “Visible Forms in 19th Century Geology, Art, and Architecture,” on panel Art, Nature, and Technology.

2008 | European Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), Berlin, Germany, June 7, 2008, “Visible Forms in Nineteenth-Century Geology, Art, and Architecture,” part of stream History of Concepts between Disciplines and Cultures, on panel Figurating Conceptual Spaces.

2008 | Center for Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware and Winterthur Museum, Symposium for Emerging Scholars, Wilmington, Delaware, April 12, 2008, “The Life of Stones: Geology, Aesthetics, and the Excavation of the Material World.”

2007 | New England Society of Architectural Historians (NESAH), Cambridge, MA, February 10, 2007, “Knowing the Unknowable: Causality, Speculation, and Social Planning in Architecture, 18th-20th Century.” Co-presented with Deborah Kully and Fabiola López-Durán.

2006 | College Art Association (CAA), Boston, MA, February 22-25, 2006, “The Conventional Wisdom of Proposition 13, ” discussant, on panel Growing the Modern: Organic Models, 1850-1914.

2005 | Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), co-held with the History of Science Society (HSS), Minneapolis, MN, November 6, 2005, “Designing Conclusions for a Cold War Humanity,” on panel Creating the Scientific Persona: Identity, Media, and Politics.

2004 | Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), Paris, France, August 27, 2004, “Fabricating from A to B: Technological Intersections between Architecture and Bioengineering,” on panel Modeling Users, Designing Bodies: Incorporating Digital Models in Architecture, Bioscience, and Medicine, moderated by Michael Lynch.

Conferences Convened

Theories and things: New directions in the study of the decorative arts, Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris, France, June 6, 2011
This event proposes to investigate how and why the practices and theories of “material culture” have become synonymous with the decorative arts, throughout many time periods and specific techniques of fabrication. It seeks to showcase ongoing new research by junior scholars from a range of time periods working on objects of material culture and to promote a nuanced, critical perspective of the decorative arts that engages complex issues of historiography of art history, philosophy of art, and aesthetic theory. Responses from Annie Claustres, Université Lyon II; Julie Ramos, Université Paris I; Philippe Sénéchal, Directeur du Département des études et de la recherche, INHA; Mary Sheriff, UNC Chapel Hill.

France Now and Then, University of Chicago Center, Paris, France, April 16-17, 2009, Co-organizer, Chateaubriand, Fulbright, & Lurcy interdisciplinary graduate student workshop, Keynote speaker, Dominique Kalifa. Sponsored by grants from the French Embassy, University of Chicago Center in Paris, France Chicago Center at the University of Chicago, and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

*research in progress, MIT, Cambridge, MA, April 2004, April 2005, Founder of interdisciplinary graduate student workshop dedicated the dialogue between the humanities, social sciences, and the physical sciences. Collaborators included: Michael Baker, Tim Campos, Anita Chan, Lauren Kroiz, Will Norris, Karen Schrier, Shomit Sengupta, and Jimmy Shen. Permanently funded series at MIT through the Graduate Students Office and the Dean of Student Life.


2006 | Space Other Gallery, Boston, MA, Summer 2006, co-curator, with Gamaliel Herrera, “The Garden,” author of catalogue essay “Non-places of Domesticated Milieu.”

2003 | Grand Central Station, Highline Competition, http://www.thehighline.org, New York, NY, July 2003, “New York Wonderland” entry with Monica Tiulescu.

2001 | Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, NY, 306090, Theses, Issue 1 Opening Nov - Dec 2001.

2001 | Artists Space, New York, NY, Museum of the Ordinary (2x4 graphic design exhibit) Sept-Oct 2001.

1999 | Heritage Society Museum, Houston, TX, permanent exhibit depicting city of Houston and the Ford Model T, Dec 1999.

1999 | Henry Urbach Gallery, New York, NY, Offside On (Asymptote exhibit) February 1999.

Research Grants and Awards

2012 - 2014 | Member, Global Sensibilities – The New History of Ideas, collaborative research scheme within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney (coordinated by Jennifer Milam)

2012 | Making Migrant Spaces research cluster seed funding grant, University of Sydney (shared with Sean Anderson)

2010 - 2011 | Visiting Scholar Award, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University

2010 - 2011 | Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting Fellowship

2009 - 2011 | Samuel H. Kress Foundation Institutional Fellowship in the History of Art, Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris, France

2009 - 2011 | Eleanor Tufts Predoctoral Fellowship in Art History, Southern Methodist University (declined)

2009 - 2010 | Bourse Jeanne Marandon, La Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA)

2009 | Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, United Kingdom

2008 - 2009 | Bourse Chateaubriand in the Humanities, Embassy of France and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

2008 - 2009 | Institute of Historical Research Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, University of London, United Kingdom (declined)

2007 - 2008 | Krupp Foundation Fellowship, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University

2007 | MIT-France Research Award, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives

2006 | MIT Kristen Ellen Finnegan Memorial Award (student leadership within program)

2005 - 2007 | MIT Student Life Grant, Graduate Students Office, founded interdisciplinary workshop series, *research in progress.

2005 | MIT Hyzen Travel Grant (predissertation research in Scotland)

2004 | Bechtel Canadian Center for Architecture (CCA) Collection Research Grant (residency in Montreal)

2004 - 2005, 2008 | MIT Avalon Travel Grant (conference travel)

2003 - 2008 | MIT Presidential Graduate Fellowship / MIT Society of Presidential Fellows

2002 - 2000 | Princeton University Graduate Fellowship

2001 | Graham Foundation Grant for 306090, A Journal of Emergent Architecture and Design (cofounder/editor)

2001 | MIT Image and Meaning Scholarship

1998 | William Ward Watkin Traveling Fellowship, Rice University, for senior design thesis

1997 | M2 Memorial Award - Best Writing for MTV