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Ana Maria León Crespo appointed to Harvard Graduate School of Design Faculty

by Joshua Machat | Jun 30, 2022

The Harvard Graduate School of Design is happy to announce the appointments of Jonathan Grinham as Assistant Professor of Architecture, Ana Maria León Crespo as Associate Professor of Architecture, and Hannah Teicher as Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, effective July 1, 2022.

Ana María León Crespo joins Harvard from the University of Michigan, where she was Assistant Professor in the History of Art and Romance Languages and Literatures departments, and in the School of Architecture. Ana María’s work studies how spatial practices and transnational networks of power and resistance shape the modernity and coloniality of the Americas. Ana María holds a diploma in architecture from UCSG Ecuador, an M.Arch. from Georgia Tech, an M.Des. with distinction from the GSD, and a Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture from MIT. She serves on the boards of the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC) and the Society of Architectural Historians and is co-founder of several collectives laboring to broaden the reach of architectural history, including Nuestro Norte es el Sur (Our North in the South), a group of architectural historians working from and about Latin America, and the Settler Colonial City Project, a research collective focused on the collaborative production of knowledge about cities on Turtle Island/Abya Yala/The Americas as spaces of ongoing settler colonialism, Indigenous survivance, and struggles for decolonization.

Ana Maria León initially joined SAH as a student in 2009.  She served as a Conference Speaker in 2013, 2014 and 2016, and as a Session Chair in 2018.  She was awarded the Edilia and Francois-Auguste de Montequin Junior Scholar Fellowship in 2014.  In addition, she has served on the David B. Brownlee Dissertation Award Committee, and currently serves on the SAH Board as well as the Nominating Committee, and the Executive Director Search Committee.

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