Charlotte Malterre-Barthes is an architect, scholar, urban designer and Assistant Professor of Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Charlotte graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille (ENSA) where she obtained in 2003 her diploma magna cum laude with ‘A Women Center in Baghdad’, tackling political and social involvements of architecture. She also studied at TU Vienna and holds a MAS in Urban Design from ETH Zurich. She obtained in 2018 her doctoral degree at ETH on Food Territories, with Egypt as case study, nominated for the ETH Silver Medal. After interning at Coop Himmelb(l)au, Charlotte then collaborated with several offices (Balkrishna Doshi at Sangath, Rudy Ricciotti, OOS). In 2009, she founded OMNIBUS with Noboru Kawagishi, an urban design agency dedicated to new forms of practice and cultural production, of which some of the latest outputs are “Some Haunted Spaces in Singapore” (with M.Jäggi, Edition Patrick Frey, 2018) and “Eileen Gray: A House under the Sun” (with Z. Dzierżawska, Nobrow, 2019). As guest professor at TU Berlin (2018-2019) she investigated and challenged the predatorily modus operandi of real estate in the German capital, and as program director of the Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design at the chair of Marc Angélil (2014-2019) focused on migration and urbanism in Mediterranean cities (Tangier, Marseille, Beirut). Charlotte co-curated the 12th International Architecture Biennale of São Paulo on ‘Everyday’ (Sep-Dec. 2019). A research fellow at Future Cities Laboratory-Singapore in 2012-2013, Charlotte lectured and taught workshops at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the AA, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, at Hong-Kong University, among others. Her works and writings have been published in several magazines (AD, Architectural Review, the Avery Review, San Rocco, TRANS, Tracés, etc.) and exhibited (n.b.k Berlin, Architekturforum Zürich, Swiss and Egyptian Pavilions at the Venice Biennales, at the Bi-City Shenzhen Biennale, Institut du Monde Arabe, IFPO Cairo, Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Bienneale). With Marc Angélil, she edited “Housing Cairo: The Informal Response,” (DAM prizewinner 2016) and “Cairo Desert Cities” (Berlin, Ruby Press). Their latest book, Migrant Marseille: Architectures of Social Segregation and Urban Inclusivity discusses impacts of migration on urban policies and spaces, while offering possible tools for urban design.
In the frame of a vivid and decade-long political practice, Charlotte is also a founding member of the Parity Group a grassroots association within ETH committed to improving equity at the school and in the profession—and outside of both. In 2020, she founded with Benjamin Groothuijse the Parity Front, a spin-off institution dedicated to establishing networks of solidarity toward gender equality and equity in architecture.