Sanda Iliescu

PROFESSOR, ARCHITECTURE (Courtesy appointment in Department of Art)


Princeton University, Master of Architecture; Princeton University, B.S.E. in Civil Engineering


Sanda Iliescu’s practice spans the media of painting, drawing, and collage.  Outside the studio, she makes murals and installations, some with students at the University of Virginia, where she is Professor of Architecture. Molly Krom Gallery based in New York and Berlin, and Les Yeux du Monde Gallery in Charlottesville represent Iliescu’s work.

Born in Romania, Iliescu received her BSE in Civil Engineering and M.Arch in Architecture, both from Princeton University. Her professional awards include The Rome Prize, a McDowell fellowship in painting and The Distinguished Artist Award of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Scholarly writing on Iliescu’s artwork include essays by Carmen Bambach, Curator of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor of Art History at the University of Virginia.


Writing on aesthetic issues in art and architecture is an important part of Iliescu’s practice. She has published two books: Experiencing Art and Architecture: Lessons on Looking (Routledge, 2022) and The Hand and the Soul: Aesthetics and Ethics in Architecture and Art (The University of Virginia Press, 2009). Iliescu’s published essays include “Drawing Landscape” (LA+, Issue 18: LA+Beauty, Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, The University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design, 2023), “Laocoön” (City Secrets: Rome, Robert Kahn, ed., 2011), “Beyond Cut-And-Paste: The Promise of Collage in Contemporary Design” (Places: Forum of Design for the Public Realm, 2008), and “The Garden as Collage” (Studies in the History of Gardens and Landscape Design, 2007).

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