Marlene Rutzendorfer is currently on a two-year appointment as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University´s Department of History of Art and Architecture, completing her dissertation on the architecture of Diébédo Francis Kéré. She studied architecture in Vienna and Paris and received her MSc from Vienna University of Technology. While at Harvard, her research will focus on transitions and thresholds in Kéré´s designs, as well as on the historical and contemporary context of the so-called Opera Village Africa in Burkina Faso.
Marlene has contributed to several international conferences, including most recently to the 2017 ACASA Triennial at the University of Legon, Ghana, and the symposium The Transformative Power of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. Previously, she has worked as an assistant curator at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and has curated architecture exhibitions, as well as film programs for various institutions such as Az W / Architekturzentrum Wien and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. From 2015 - 2017 Marlene held an IFK Junior_Fellowship from the International Research Center for Cultural Studies, Vienna.