Center for Architecture, Urbanism, and Infrastructure (CAUI)

Acting Director (2015-2016)
Alejandro Zaera-Polo, Professor, Architectural Design

Program Director
Stan Allen FAIA, George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture

Executive Committee
D. Graham Burnett / History
Douglas Massey / Woodrow Wilson School
Guy Nordenson / School of Architecture
Esteban Rossi-Hansberg/ Woodrow Wilson School
James Smith / Civil and Environmental Engineering
Alejandro Zaera-Polo / Dean of the School of Architecture
Associated Faculty
Jeremy Adelman / History
Sigrid Adriaenssens / Civil and Environmental Engineering
Lucia Allais / School of Architecture
Bruno Carvalho / Spanish and Portuguese
Michael Celia / Civil and Environmental Engineering
Miguel Angel Centeno / Sociology
Esther da Costa Meyer / Art and Archaeology
Hal Foster / Art and Archaeology
Rubén Gallo / Spanish and Portuguese
Hendrik Hartog / History (American Studies)
Axel Kilian / School 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.