Assistant Professor, History and Theory of Architecture
B.S.E., Princeton University
M.Arch., Harvard University
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Lucia Allais is a historian and theorist who specializes in architecture’s intellectual and political history since the Enlightenment, with a focus on international networks and institutions in the 20th Century. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty in 2011, she was Behrman-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton Society of Fellows. She has worked in design firms in Europe and America, including OMA-AMO and 2x4. Her work has been supported by fellowships from the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, the Graham Foundation, the Krupp Foundation, and the Radcliffe Institute. Her recent publications include articles on the salvage of the Abu Simbel temples ("Integrities," Grey Room 50, 2013), on think-tank culture in American architectural theory (“The Real and the Theoretical, 1968,” Perspecta 42, 2010); the aesthetics of post-conflict reconstruction ("International Style Heritage," Volume 20, 2009); transnational mobility in postwar architecture (“Global Agoraphobia,” Global Design History, 2011); the movement of monuments in 1960s Egypt (“The Design of the Nubian Desert,” Governing By Design, 2012); and a translation and commentary of Superstudio’s 1972 project “Salvages of Italian City Centers” (“Disaster as Experiment,” Log 22, 2011). Her book manuscript, Designs of Destruction, traces the rise of a new political aesthetics in mid-20th Century international organizations, through the work of experts who were charged with protecting monuments from the combined destructive effects of war, modernism and modernization. Allais is a member of the Aggregate architectural history collaborative, and an editor of Grey Room. She curated the installation Legible Pompeii at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale.