Lois Weinthal is Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin where she has been teaching since 1999. From 2007 - 2009 she was Director of the BFA and MFA Interior Design Programs at Parsons The New School for Design where she co-developed the graduate program. Weinthal is particularly interested in the relationships between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects, resulting in works that are linked through questions and curiosities and implemented though design projects that take on an experimental nature. Weinthal has received grants from the Graham Foundation, a Fulbright Award, and a DAAD Award for residency in Berlin that led to the exhibit, 'Berlin: A Renovation of Postcards.' In 2007, she curated 'Architecture Inside/Out' at the Center for Architecture in New York City. She has lectured, published, and exhibited widely in the field, and is principal of the design practice Weinthal Works. She studied architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Weinthal has traveled to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, China, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and Sweden to research interior spaces. She has lived on and off in Berlin and has taught in Germany and Italy.
If you are looking for good books on interior design theory, the pickings are quite slim. Lois Weinthal's massive 648-page reader redresses this with a carefully curated collection of 48 essays, with texts by Wim Wenders, Le Corbusier, Beatriz Colomina, and (my favorite) Juhani Pallasmaa. While there is an almost too heavy reliance on essays from the field of architecture (and you cant really blame Weinthal for that), she divides the book into eight chapters, pulling from many fields: fashion, philosophy, film, and art. - Paul Makovsky, Designers&Books