Lucia Allais

Lucia Allais is an architectural historian who writes about the technical and political history of design in the long twentieth century, with particular attention to global institutions and concepts of temporal change. She is Associate Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, where she directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. Her 2018 book Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century uncovered new archives about the many ways monuments became tools of international governance in the mid-twentieth century. Allais also writes about the history of theory, and about design media in history and in contemporary culture. She is an editor of Grey Room and a member of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative.

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