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Despina Stratigakos

Professor of Architecture
University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning


Women and diversity in architecture, gender and modernity in European cities, German architecture, Nazi propaganda, Hitler's residences

Despina Stratigakos is an architectural historian who can speak to the media about issues of women and diversity in architecture, as well as about the political power of domestic spaces and images.

Her new book — “Where Are the Women Architects?” — was published by Princeton University Press in April 2016. It examines the past, current and potential future roles of women in architecture, exploring why so few women enter the profession despite the fact that their enrollment in architecture schools has soared in the past 20 years.

Stratigakos was co-creator of Architect Barbie, released by Mattel in 2011 to inspire young girls to make their mark on a profession in which women remain vastly underrepresented. The project helped shape the current debate on gender equity in architecture.

Stratigakos is the author of two other acclaimed books: “Hitler at Home,” published in 2015, which explores Hitler’s residences and their powerful role in shaping his public image; and “A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City,” released in 2008, which revealed a previously unknown metropolis created by and for women.  She is currently editing “A Cultural History of the Home in the Modern Age,” forthcoming with Bloomsbury Academic Press.


Despina Stratigakos, PhD
Professor of Architecture
University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning