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 arquitectura técnica (technical architecture), 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 the professionalization and bureaucratization of architecture, the synthesis of functionalist architecture and plastic arts, the architectural theorization and visualization of regional socio-economic planning, and the mutual exchange of architecture's technical language with political language contributed to successive Mexican administrations' and the Partido Revolucionario Institucional's construction of a relatively fragile "institutionalizing" politic. This politic on one hand relied on ostensible ideological consensus building, moral legitimization, and technocratic policies that favored public works while on the other became increasingly dependent on bureaucratization and authoritarianism indicative of the expanding powers of Mexico's executive branch of government - a governmentality that 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, articles, and entries in Academia XXII, the Avery Review, Thresholds, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, and the Grove Encyclopedia of Latin American Art & Architecture.

Mr. López is a member of the Global Architecture History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC).

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