Christina E. Crawford

Christina E. Crawford

Assistant Professor

Office: 141 Carlos Hall
Phone: 404-727-6281

Mailing Address:

Art History Department
Emory University
581 South Kilgo Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30322

Curriculum Vitae



  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 2016
  • M. Arch, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2003


Christina E. Crawford is Assistant Professor of modern / contemporary architecture and urbanism, and a licensed architect. Her recently completed book manuscript, Spatial Revolution: Architecture and planning in the early Soviet state, explores the foundations of early Soviet urban theory and practice through investigation of specific industrial sites. New research, Atlanta Housing Interplay, investigates international transfer of ideas about social housing using the first federally-funded housing projects in the U.S.—Atlanta’s Techwood and University Homes (1934-36)—as principal nodes. She is the faculty advisor for the Architectural Studies Minor and the QSS Architectural Studies track.

Research Interests

  • Modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism—history, theory, and design
  • Modern housing
  • Socialist space, with an emphasis on the Soviet sphere
  • The entanglement of economy, politics, and societal expectations in built form

Selected Publications


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Spatial Revolution: Architecture and planning in the early Soviet state. Completed manuscript (sent to university press editors in September, 2019).

Joan Busquets with Christina E. Crawford. Chicago: Two Grids Between Lake and River (Redesigning Gridded Cities series). San Francisco: ORO Editions, 2017.

Tim Love, Christina Crawford, Chris Genter, Matthew Littell, eds. Urban Housing Atlas. Boston: pinkcommabooks, 2008.

Book chapters

Christina E. Crawford. “Dialectical Landscapes of Soviet Housing.” Towards a History of Ecological Housing: Rethinking the Relationship between Landscape and Dwelling, ed. Jeanne Haffner. London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2020).

Christina E. Crawford. “The Case for Saving Socialist Space.” Research Companion to Landscape Architecture, ed. Ellen Braae and Henriette Steiner. London: Routledge, 2019, 260-274.

Tim Love and Christina Crawford. "Plot Logic: Character-Building through Creative Parcelisation." In Urban Design and the Real Estate Development Process, ed. Steve Tiesdell and David Adams. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011, 92-113.


Christina E. Crawford and Claire Zimmerman. “Moscow x Detroit, 1928-1932: Technological exchange of architecture and urbanism,” Technology and Culture (submitted April 2019; in peer review).

Christina E. Crawford. “From Tractors to Territory: Socialist Urbanization through Standardization.” Journal of Urban History 44, no. 1 (2017): 54-77. Winner of the 2017 Emerging Scholar Prize from Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture (SHERA).

Christina E. Crawford. “In an Extraordinary Space.” Architecture Boston 20: 2 (2017): 20-23.

Christina E. Crawford. “From the Old Family—to the New.” Harvard Design Magazine 41: Family Planning (2015): 38-45.

Christina E. Crawford. “Soviet Planning Praxis: From Tractors to Territory.” Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Centerpiece 29, no. 2 (Spring 2015): 14-20.

Christina E. Crawford. “The Innovative Potential of Scarcity in SA’s Comradely Competition for Communal Housing, 1927."  ArchiDOCT 1, no. 2 (2014), 33-53.

Christina E. Crawford. “Urban Space or State Monument? The Maydan in Kiev.” Archis 2 (2003): 46-49.

Christina E. Crawford. “Kul'tura Torgovogo Tsentra (Mall Culture).” ACC (Art, City, Construction) / Ukraine 41, no. 10 (2003): 44-45.

Christina E. Crawford. “A Declaration of Independence.” Metropolis, December (2002): 54.

Reviews and Interviews

Crawford, Christina E. Review of Industries of Architecture, by Katie Lloyd Thomas, Tilo Amhoff, and Nick Beech, Journal of Architectural (JAE) Online, November 16, 2017,

Christina E. Crawford. Review of The Mound of Vendôme Exhibition. Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation History Theory & Criticism 12, no. 1 (Summer 2015): 102-09.

Christina E. Crawford with Darra Goldstein. "Under the Bed is a Cool, Dark Place." Harvard Design Magazine, no. 43: Shelf Life (2106).

Christina E. Crawford. “Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, MOMA New York.” Architecture Boston 13, no. 2 (2010).

Web-based Publications

Christina E. Crawford. "Genplan 101: How to Read a Socialist General Plan Drawing."In Second World Urbanity., 2015.

Books / Projects in Preparation

Atlanta Housing Interplay: Expanding the interwar housing map. Digital book in process with support from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship.

Moscow x Detroit. Collaborative research and 2019 symposium with Claire Zimmerman (University of Michigan) and Jean-Louis Cohen (NYU Institute of Fine Arts).

Selected Seminars

Spatial Revolution!; Soviet Cities; Mastering the Archive: Situating Atlanta in the Interwar Housing Debate; The Architect and the City; Four Walls and a Roof: Contemporary Architectural Theory & Practice