Irene Cheng

Irene Cheng is an architectural historian, critic, and associate professor of architecture at the California College of the Arts.

Her research explores the entanglements of architecture, culture, and politics in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Cheng is a co-editor of Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020) and The State of Architecture at the Beginning of the 21st Century (Monacelli Press, 2004). Her latest book, The Shape of Utopia: The Architecture of Radical Reform in Nineteenth-Century America (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press), explores the geometry of architectural projects affiliated with anarchist, socialist, abolitionist, free love, spiritualist, and other radical antebellum movements.