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Lucia Allais

Editor, Contributor
Assistant Professor, Princeton University

Lucia Allais is an historian and theorist of architecture who works at the intersection of architecture, preservation, politics and technology in the modern period, with a special focus on international institutions and global practices in the 20th century. Her current book project is a history of monument survival and international bureaucracy in the 20th Century, tentatively titled Designs of Destruction. She has published articles on related themes, including: “Integrities” (Grey Room 50), “The Design of the Nubian Desert” (Governing by Design, 2012), and a translation and commentary Superstudio’s “Salvages of Italian City Centers” (Log 22, 2011) Allais also writes about the history of architecture as a discipline and an institution (“The Real and the Theoretical 1968”, in Perspecta 32) and about contemporary design (“Staring at Walls” in Multiple Signatures, 2013). In 2014 she curated Legible Pompeii, an installation at the Venice Architecture Biennale. She is working on an essay about rendering, which probes the history of the epistemic divide between experience and experiment. Allais has received a number of grants and fellowships for her scholarship, including from the Graham and Krupp Foundations, the CASVA, the Radcliffe Institute, and the Princeton Society of Fellows. In 2015 she was selected to be the inaugural Detlef Mertins Lecturer on the History of Modernity at Columbia University. Allais received her BSE from Princeton, her MArch from Harvard and her PhD from MIT. She is a member of Aggregate, and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Princeton University.