Published February 22, 2021
Despina Stratigakos, vice provost for inclusive excellence and professor of architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning, has been named to the board of directors of the Martin House.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House, designed and built from 1903-05, is considered by Wright scholars to be a significant turning point in the evolution of Wright’s Prairie house concept. The National Historic Landmark is located in the Parkside neighborhood of Buffalo.
An architectural historian, Stratigakos conducts research that explores how power and ideology function in architecture, whether in the creation of domestic spaces or world empires.
She is the author of four books. “Hitler’s Northern Utopia: Building the New Order in Occupied Norway” (2020) examines how Nazi architects and planners envisioned and began to construct a model “Aryan” society in Norway during World War II. “Where Are the Women Architects?” (2016) confronts the challenges women face in the architectural profession. “Hitler at Home” (2015) investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity. “A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City” (2008) traces the history of a forgotten female metropolis. It won the German Studies Association DAAD Book Prize and the Milka Bliznakov Prize.
Stratigakos has served as a director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an adviser of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech and as a trustee of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.
She has taken part in 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.