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  • Visiting Assistant Professor


  • BA in philosophy, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2000
  • BA in translation and interpreting, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2002
  • MA in aesthetics and contemporary art theory, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2007
  • SMArchS in history, theory, and criticism of architecture and art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
  • PhD in philosophy, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 2009


Remei Capdevila-Werning’s research focuses on aesthetics and philosophy of architecture. Her dissertation examined Nelson Goodman’s philosophy and architecture. She is also interested in epistemology, continental philosophy, critical theory, philosophical issues concerning architectural conservation, monuments, and memorials, Catalan culture, and museum education.

She teaches Problems of Philosophy, Feminism in the Arts and Sciences, and Frankfurt School – Critical Theory.

Prior to Oberlin, she was the Director of Education and Public Programs at El Museo del Barrio in New York. She has also taught at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and at Fairfield University.

Selected Publications


  • Aesthetic Investigations: Special Issue on Restoration 2:2 (2018) (in progress). Coedited with Sue Spaid.
  • “Authenticity and Deception: Aesthetic Aspects of Preserving Architecture,” Aesthetic Investigations: Special Issue on Restoration 2:2 (2017) (in progress).
  • “Architecture,” L. Goehr and J. Gilmore (eds.), A Companion to Arthur C. Danto, Blackwell Companions to Philosophy Series, (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley&Sons, 2018) (commissioned).
  • “Every difference makes a difference: Ruminating on Two Pavilions and Two Modernities,” J.J. Lahuerta (ed.), Mies van der Rohe – Barcelona, 1929. Lectures and Debates on the Pavilion and Mies van der Rohe (working title) (Barcelona: Tevon, 2017).


  • The Active Image: Architecture and Engineering in the Age of Modeling (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2017). Coedited with Sabine Ammon.
  • Goodman for Architects (London: Routledge, 2014). Book series: Thinkers for Architects. (to be translated into Chinese)

Articles and chapters:

  • “Architectural Drawings as Symbols: a Goodmanian account,” S. Ammon and R. Capdevila-Werning (eds.), The Active Image: Architecture and Engineering in the Age of Modeling (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2017), 53-76.
  • “La dimensión estética de la arquitectura” in Alcaraz, M., Bertinetto, A. (eds.), Las artes y la filosofía (México, DF: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y CENART, 2016), 115-164.
  • “Palimpseste in der Architektur: ein symboltheoretischer Zugang” in J. Gleiter, L. Schwarte (eds.), Architektur und Philosophie, Series ArchitekturDenken Vol. 8 (Bielefeld: transcript, 2015), 207-217, 277-280.
  • “Restaurierte und rekonstruierte Zeichen: Symbole und Baudenkmalpflege,” Zeitschrift für Semiotik Band 36, Heft 1-2 (2014), Sonderheft “Architektursemiotik”, C. Schlaberg, Ch. Baumberger (eds.): 125-150.
  • “Zitieren in der Architektur“ in J. Gleiter (ed.), Symptom Design: Vom Zeigen und Sich-Zeigen der Dinge, Series ArchitekturDenken Vol. 7 (Bielefeld: transcript, 2014), 210-228.
  • “Nelson Goodman: Contemporary Legacy” in M. Kelly (ed.), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, second and revised edition (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), vol. 3, 218-222.
  • “From Buildings to Architecture” in Bhatt, R. (ed.), Rethinking Aesthetics: the Role of the Body in Design (London: Routledge, 2013), 85-99.
  • “Can Buildings Quote?” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. Special Issue on the Aesthetics of Architecture 69:1 (2011): 115-124.
  • “Das Gedächtnis der Namenlosen: Benjamin – Karavan,” in: Sigrid Weigel, Daniel Weidner (eds.), Profanes Leben. Zur Dialektik der Säkularisierung bei Walter Benjamin (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 2010), 163-187.