Mélanie van der Hoorn studied Cultural Anthropology at the Universities of Leiden and Amsterdam, where she specialized in Material Culture. In 2009, Berghahn Books published her University of Utrecht doctoral dissertation as Indispensable Eyesores: An Anthropology of Undesired Buildings. Since moving to Vienna in 2007 she has been working as an independent researcher and curator, and since 2013 as an external lecturer at various Austrian universities. Van der Hoorn’s research focuses on the presentation and communication, perception and assessment of architecture. In 2012, she published the book, Bricks & Balloons: Architecture in Comic-Strip Form, which served as the basis for a major exhibition at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo in 2015.