Beth Weinstein is a registered architect whose spatial practice focuses on collaborative performance projects in and out of proscenium space.
She has taught drawing, undergraduate and graduate design studios, building technology, and led collaborative projects and seminars linking architecture and performance. Recent projects with her students related to performance design include ephemeral installations on the campus mall addressing the anthropocene and another in Tucson’s Ronstadt Transit Hub that interrogated public space; SHiFT, a performed reinterpretation of visionary 20th century theaters; and the curation and design of an exhibition celebrating choreographer Merce Cunningham’s collaborative legacy. Through her scholarship and practice she focuses on sites of intersection between architectural and choreographic practices, ranging from the scale of the drawing board to urban space and landscapes, and in projects situated at the seams between disciplines that prioritize the networks and connection between things over the things themselves.
Working within the severe climate and landscape of the Sonoran Desert, Weinstein’s research and teaching also connects to the utopian and environmental lineage of artistic and architectural practices in the American Southwest; recent studios and seminars explored land art and water issues, and merged scientific research and design practices.
She co-editored, with Ellen McMahon and Ander Monson, GROUND|Water: The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River. She has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) and Theater and Performance Design, and has published in Performance Research (PRJ), JAR, JAE, Places, the Architect’s Newspaper, Metropolis and Dance Ink. She has contributed chapters to Disappearing Stage: Reflections on the 2011 Prague Quadrennial, and Architecture as a Performing Art and The Routledge Companion to Scenography and Performing Architectures: Contemporary Projects, Practices and Pedagogies (Methuen). Weinstein has presented her work and research extensively. She is a recipient of a Tau Sigma Delta Silver Medal, the Architectural League’s Young Architect’s Award, and been awarded artist residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, the Rosamond McCulloch Studio, Bundanon Trust, France’s Casa de Velazquez in Madrid and Tucson’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
Beth studied design at Syracuse University (BFA) and earned a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Prior to forming her own practice, Architecture Agency, she was a project architect in the Paris office of Jean Nouvel.
Building upon the research that lead to the Collaborative Legacy exhibition, she is currently working on a book, titled Architecture + Choreography, exploring collaborative processes between two spatial disciplines: architecture and choreography. Through interviews, critical texts and visual documentation, the book’s research examines not only the created artifacts and performance events that emerged from these partnerships, but also the methodologies, concepts, and approaches that allowed those working with body, space, and time to make works that pushed the boundaries of each participant’s practice.
Beth is currently pursuing a PhD through the University of Tasmania’s School of Creative Arts and Media. More about her doctoral research can be found here.