Current Institutional Affiliation
Associate Professor, Architecture, Cornell University

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 2004
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
History, University of California / Los Angeles
In-Visible Colonies: Modern Architecture and Its Representation in Colonial Eritrea, 1897-1941

My dissertation, In-Visible Colonies: Modem Architecture and its Representation in Colonial Eritrea from 1890 to 1941, will investigate the transmission of architectural modernity in Asmara, Eritrea and ultimate appearance at international expositions during the period of Italian colonization from 1890 until 1941. The project addresses how the use of modernism as an ideology and tool informed a new aesthetics in the architecture and urbanism of the East African colonies. Given Asmara has the largest concentration of Italian modernist structures outside Italy, I argue that the advent of a distinct architectural idiom in Eritrea, Italy's longest-held colony, effected new design precepts utilized at a number of Italian and international colonial expositions.