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 Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Professor of Architecture at the University at Buffalo. Her research explores how power and ideology function in architecture, from domestic spaces to world empires. She is the author of Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway (2020), Where Are the Women Architects? (2016), Hitler at Home (2015), and A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City (2008; winner of the DAAD Book Prize of the German Studies Association). 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. During the 2016-17 academic year, she was in residence as a member of the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton.
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.