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Albert José-Antonio López

  • Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow
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    • Ph.D. in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
    • M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practice in Architecture, Columbia University, New York, NY.
    • Bachelor’s in Architecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.


    • History and Theory of Architecture and Planning
    • Political economy
    • Theories of state, governance, and political culture
    • Economic and infrastructural landscapes

    Albert Jose-Antonio López, Ph.D. is an Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico.  He is a historian of modern architecture, planning, and the built environment.  His research focuses on the intersections of architectural professionalization, planning, rhetoric, and political society in mid-20th century Mexico.   He brings to the school an area of expertise that broadly focus on political economic infrastructures, planned landscapes, and institutional management in the Americas from the 18 through 20th centuries.  In addition, he has previously taught on the built, urban and suburban environments of Latino/a/x, Hispanic, and Chicano/a/x communities in the United States.  Dr. López recently defended his dissertation, “The Integrated State: Architecture, Planning, and Politics in Mexico, 1938-1958” in the Program for History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture at MIT.  He also holds an M.S. in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practice in Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) at Columbia University and a BArch. from the University of Southern California.  Albert is a native of inner-city Los Angeles and of mixed Spanish, Cuban, and New Mexican heritage.  He is an avid amateur photographer and record collector.

    Albert is a member of the architectural historian collaborative, Aggregate.  He is a contributor of an essay in its forthcoming volume, Architecture in Development (Routledge, 2022).  He has previously been published in the Avery Review, Thresholds, and Academia XXII.

    Albert is a member of the Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC).

    Albert has taught at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Prior to that, he was a fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California at San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy.  Dr. López is a recipient of the Fulbright García-Robles Award, and maintained affiliation with the Facultad de Arquitectura at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).  During his studies at the GSAPP, he was the recipient of the Temple Hoyne Buell Oral History Research Award, and conducted interviews of the Cuban-French architect Ricardo Porro.