Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure (CAUI)

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Program Director
Mario Gandelsonas, Architecture

Executive Committee
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Dean, Architecture
Stan Allen, Architecture
M. Christine Boyer, Architecture
D. Graham Burnett, Humanities
Douglas Massey, WWS and Sociology
Guy Nordenson, Architecture
James Smith, Engineering


At the beginning of the twentieth century, approximately 10% of the world’s population lived in cities; today, more than 75% live in urbanized areas. Urbanization is not only a global phenomenon of physical and cultural restructuring—it has itself become a spatial effect of the distributed networks of communication, resources, finance and migration that characterize contemporary life. The emergence of this global urban culture has had complicated aesthetic, economic, physical, political and social effects, many of which are still little studied or understood. By putting such effects within an interdisciplinary context, the Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure hopes to advance our understanding of them, while also probing unforeseen possibilities that they may provide.

CAUI was established as a research center to provide a collective site for an increasingly important area of interdisciplinary research across the University. As reflected in the University’s course offerings, Princeton has long recognized that cities offer a critical, cohesive tableau for researching anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art, civil engineering, economics, history, literature, politics, religion, sociology, and the environment. The Center offers a focused venue for sharing collective research, while also providing a platform for expanding it. It enables the School to enhance its teaching, research, and public programs dedicated to urban issues. The Center hosts a coordinated series of symposia, conferences, publications, working sessions, and public dialogues, as well as support for collective research. For more information, please visit the CAUI website.