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


Research Interests

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

Selected Publications


Click here for a full list of books

Joan Busquets and Christina Crawford. Chicago: Two Grids Between Lake and River (Redesigning Gridded Cities series). San Francisco: AR+D Publishers, 2017.

Book chapters

“Making the Case for Socialist Space.” Research Companion to Landscape Architecture, edited by Ellen Braae and Henriette Steiner. London: Routledge (forthcoming).

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


From Tractors to Territory: Socialist Urbanization through Standardization.” Journal of Urban History, “Second World Urbanity” special issue. Online First publication date: May-17-2017. Print version forthcoming: January 2018.

“In an Extraordinary Space.” Architecture Boston 20: no.2 (2017): 20-23.

"From the Old Family—to the New." Harvard Design Magazine, no. 41: Family Planning (2015): 38-45.

"The Innovative Potential of Scarcity in SA’s Comradely Competition for Communal Housing, 1927."  ArchiDOCT 1, no. 2 (2014).

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

"Urban Space or State Monument? The Maydan in Kiev." Archis 2 (2003): 46-49.

"A Declaration of Independence." Metropolis, December (2002): 54.

Reviews and Interviews

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

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

"Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, MOMA New York." Architecture Boston 13, no. 2 (2010).

Web-based Publications

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

"Soviet Planning Praxis: From Tractors to Territory." Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, Centerpiece 29, no. 2 (2015).

Current Projects


Spatial Revolution: Planning & Building the Early Soviet State, 1917-32, in progress

Digital Humanities Projects

Atlanta Housing Interplay: Plotting Atlanta on the Interwar Housing Map, in progress with support from the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship

Selected Seminars

Soviet Cities; Atlanta Housing Interplay: Mining the Archives; The Architect and the City; Design Thinking; Architecture and Urban Design Tactics