In her teaching and research, ANNETTE FIERRO addresses issues of technology within contemporary international architecture and urban culture. She teaches in and coordinates design studios in the first year graduate level, a semester which is devoted to understanding architecture within multiple definitions of urban morphology, with the accompanying influence of representational and descriptive modalities. She also supervises the Masters Thesis program at Penn and coordinates its study abroad programs in Paris.
Annette’s current research traces the network of legacies instigated by the radical technological speculation of the 1960s in London. This work encompasses environmental and technological utopias as they were embraced in different eras to the present, finally investigating the rise of “High-Tech” within a pre-existing condition that favored its development.
Annette recently authored The Glass State: The Technology of the Spectacle/ Paris 1981–1998 (MIT Press, 2003), which focused on issues of transparency and technologies of François Mitterrand's “Grands Projets.” She has lectured widely on this topic.
She is a registered architect in the state of NY, where she was formerly in practice with Smith-Miller and Hawkinson Architects. Her design work as project architect has appeared in various architectural journals, including Assemblage, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, and Lotus.