Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure (CAUI)


Program Director
Marshall Brown, Associate Professor of Architecture

Executive Committee
Stanley T. Allen, George Dutton '27 Professor of Architecture
M. Christine Boyer, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Architecture
Marshall Brown, Associate Professor of Architecture; Director, Center of Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure
D. Graham Burnett, History of Science and IHUM
Mario Gandelsonas, Class of 1913 Lecturer in Architecture, Professor of Architecture; Director, Program in Urban Studies
Aleksandar Hemon, Professor of Creative Writing
Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School; Director, Office of Population Research. Director, Program in Population Studies
V. Mitch McEwen, Assistant Professor of Architecture
Guy Nordenson, Professor of Architecture
Chika Okeke-Agulu, Professor of Art and Archaeology and African American Studies
Mónica Ponce de León, Dean, School of Architecture; Professor of Architecture
Gyan Prakash, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History
Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and International Affairs
James Smith, William and Edna Macaleer Professor of Engineering and Applied Science; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Professor of Architecture

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.