Albert José-Antonio López

Albert José-Antonio López is a Ph.D Candidate in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture at MIT. He holds a Bachelors of Architecture (BArch '10) from the University of Southern California (USC), as well as a Masters of Science in Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practice in Architecture (M.S.CCCPArch '12) from Columbia University. He is an historian of modern architecture focusing on the theorization and practice of planificación integral (integral planning) and integracíon plástica (plastic integration) during the late 1930s to mid 1950s. While completing this research, he intends to further explore how the intersections of architecture, socio-economic planning, and political language contributed to the Mexican Government and the Partido Revolucionario Institucional's construction of a relatively fragile "institutionalizing" politic that increased bureaucratization, ideological consensus building, and moral legitimization into what he has deemed "The Integrated State."

His past research at MIT was directed toward late 17th-early 19th century French, English, and early American political economic theorizations of physiocracy, landscape, and public works, as well as towards 19th and early 20th century English and American town planning, park design, and suburbanization. Other interests include transportation and communicational infrastructures in colonial, post-colonial, and developmental contexts, as well as community organization, place-making, and local resistance in response to "gentrification" and displacement in inner-city communities.

While a master student, Mr. López focused on architecture and national planing within pre-revolutionary Cuba. He was the recipient of the Temple Hoyne Buell Oral History Research Award in 2011 which allowed him to conduct a series of recorded histories from the Cuban architect and artist Ricardo Porro as well as conduct archival and field research in Havana, Cuba relating toward its development prior to the 1959 revolution as well as its current process of evolution and adaptation following the Special Period in the 1990's.

He has published reviews and articles in the Avery Review, Thresholds, and the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism.

Areas of Interest
Civic Participation, Economic Development, Globalization, Government, History and Theory of Planning, Infrastructure Planning, Landscape, Latin American Architecture, Modern Architecture, Postcolonialism, Social Equity, Social, Inclusion, and Diversity Planning, Theory of Architecture, Theory of Urbanism, Transportation Planning