Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió

Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió is an architect and assistant professor at Cornell AAP, where he teaches in the history of architecture and urban development programs.

His areas of research and expertise include intersections between architecture and geopolitics— particularly settler colonialism and capitalism as mediated by territorial infrastructures, technology, race, and Indigenous decolonial onto-epistemologies in relation to Marxist critical theories. In 2019, he completed a Ph.D. in architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. His dissertation, “Designing ‘Post-Industrial Society’: Settler Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Palm Springs, California, 1876-1977,” examined how architecture and infrastructure constructed a discourse and a techno-politics of economic growth and settler-colonial sovereignty in relation to theories and practices of decolonization across the Americas. From 2015 to 2019, Shvartzberg Carrió served as research coordinator for the Architecture Lobby, a nonprofit activist group advocating for the value of architectural labor within the profession and for the general public.