Greta Hansen was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her B.S. in architecture at the University of Cincinnati, studied classics at Boston University, urban planning in Alghero, Sardinia, and completed her Masters in Architecture from Columbia University in 2009. She has worked in exhibition design for projects for the Morgan Library, the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum of New York, and the Children's Museum of Manhattan.
From January 28 through February 19 of this year, Warm Engine (Greta Hansen and Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong) rode the entire Trans-Siberian Railway, studying the impact of Communism on the design of the Russian and Chinese cities that grew up along the railroad.