Despina Stratigakos


Despina Stratigakos is a columnist for Places and author of Where Are the Women Architects? (2016), the inaugural volume in our series Places Books.

Stratigakos is an associate professor at the University of Buffalo and an internationally recognized scholar who has published extensively on the history of women in architecture, including her award-winning book, A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City, the story of a forgotten metropolis designed by and for women. Her book Hitler at Home investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity. She has served as a trustee of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, a board member of the Society of Architectural Historians, advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech, and Deputy Director of the Gender Institute at the University at Buffalo. She also served on Buffalo’s municipal task force for Diversity in Architecture and was a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy, an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to encourage design literacy and academic excellence. She is currently a scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, New Jersey.

She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at UB.