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Zara Pfeifer was born in Cologne, Germany in 1984. She studied Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Photography at the Friedl Kubelka School for Artistic Photography Vienna. Zara Pfeifer is based in Vienna and Berlin.

Her long-term project Du, meine konkrete Utopie about the Viennese modernist housing project Alterlaa was awarded and exhibited in Europe and the US, published among others in ZEITmagazin, Monocle Magazine, DUMMY Magazine, TANK Magazine and premiered as a short film at Diagonale–Festival of Austrian Film. The photobook Du, meine konkrete Utopie was published by Kerber Verlag in 2017.

For her ongoing work Good Street! Zara Pfeifer accompanies truck drivers on their routes across Europe.

Zara Pfeifer was invited by art galleries, architecture and photography institutions, and universities throughout Europe and the US to present her work in exhibitions and lectures. She received a studio grant at ISCP New York by the Austrian Federal Government.

Galerie Kernweine Stuttgart, Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin, ENTKUNSTUNG Berlin, Galerie Georg Kargl Wien, Krinzinger Projekte Wien, Fotogalerie Wien, Fotohof Salzburg, BDA Hamburg, HCU Hamburg, Bremen School of Architecture, TU Munich, Crush Curatorial New York, ARCH+ Schaufenster Berlin, AzW Architekturzentrum Wien, CAFx Copenhagen Architecture Festival, One Architecture Week in Bulgaria, Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale in Albania, CP Projects Gallery in New York.

The Royal Danish Academy, Leibniz University Hannover, HCU Hamburg, Roundabout Berlin, Bremen School of Architecture, TU Munich, TU Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, FvF–Friends Space Berlin, CAMP Prague, CAFx Copenhagen Architecture Festival and One Architecture Week in Bulgaria.


Teaching assignments, collaborations and guest critics at various architecture and art universities in Austria and Germany. Since 2017 Zara Pfeifer gives guided tours in Alterlaa for the AzW – Center for Architecture Vienna.

Since 2019 Zara Pfeifer has a teaching position at the Technical University Vienna (Wohnbau Institut, Prof. Obrist) and at the Technical University Berlin (Fachgebiet Prof. Hehl) with a seminar on photographing built space.

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