BIO / CV
Christina E. Crawford, PhD, MArch, RA, is an historian of architecture and urban form, a licensed architect, and urban designer who researches and writes about the agency of design during periods of intense transition. She is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Architecture in the Art History Department at Emory University and faculty of Emory's Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program.
Christina received her PhD from Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, her M.Arch with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and her B.A. in Architecture and East European Studies with distinction from Yale University. Her recently completed book manuscript establishes the foundations of early Soviet urban theory and practice in three seminal industrial sites: Baku, Magnitogorsk, and Kharkiv, and her new research explores interwar exchanges of housing expertise between the US and Europe, using Atlanta as a primary node. She has presented her work in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, the UK, and the US, and has published in Future Anterior, Harvard Design Magazine, the Journal of Architectural Education, and the Journal of Urban History. Her article, “From Tractors to Territory: Socialist Urbanization through Standardization” in the Journal of Urban History, was selected as the inaugural winner of the 2017 Emerging Scholar Prize, Society of Historians of East European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA). At Harvard, Christina was an active participant in the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative: Reconceptualizing the Urban as a teaching fellow and collaborator for the Moscow portal. She was also the Sidney R. Knafel Dissertation Completion Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs for 2015-16. Her doctoral dissertation won the runner up prize of the Anthony Sutcliffe Award from the International Planning History Society in 2018.
Christina served as Vice Consul in the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, and received a Fulbright Fellowship to Ukraine, where she researched post-Soviet Ukrainian architecture and urbanism. She also worked as an architect and urban designer in Boston and taught architectural history and theory at Northeastern University. Her professional work included designs for urban housing, interiors for Harvard's DuBois Institute (now Hutchins Center) for African and African American Research, master plans for local municipalities, and open space design for a waterfront city in Dubai, UAE. She is a Registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.