Lucia Allais

2019-09 - 2019-12

Associate Professor of Architecture

Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Lucia Allais is an historian and theorist who works on the intersections of architecture, preservation, politics and technology in the modern period, with a special focus on international cultural institutions and global design practices. Her first book, Designs of Destruction: the Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century (Chicago University Press: 2018) traces the internationalization of monuments bureaucracy through planned destruction, from 1931 to 1972. Allais received her B.S from Princeton University, her M.Arch from Harvard University, and her PhD from MIT. She is Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University, a founding member of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, and an editor of the journal Grey Room.

Research interests

Her second book project concerns the relationship between infrastructural development and the reorganization (and secularization) of cultural sites from the 1950s 1970s, with case studies in the Middle East (Lebanon) Latin America (Peru) and Italy (Rome).

Research project pursued at the CEE

Her second book project concerns the relationship between infrastructural development and the reorganization (and secularization) of cultural sites from the 1950s 1970s, with case studies in the Middle East (Lebanon) Latin America (Peru) and Italy (Rome).

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