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 at Emory University, and a licensed architect. She is the faculty advisor for the Architectural Studies Minor and the QSS Architectural Studies track. Her current book project, Spatial Revolution, explores the foundations of early Soviet urban theory and practice through investigation of specific industrial sites, and new research 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.

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


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

Book chapters

“Dialectical Landscapes of Soviet Housing.” Towards a History of Ecological Housing: Rethinking the Relationship between Landscape and Dwelling, edited by Jeanne Haffner. London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2019).

“The Case for Saving Socialist Space.” Research Companion to Landscape Architecture, edited by Ellen Braae and Henriette Steiner. London: Routledge (forthcoming, 2018).

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

“Industries of Architecture” (book review). Journal of Architectural Education, Nov.16, 2017.

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; Mastering the Archive: Situating Atlanta in the Interwar Housing Debate; The Architect and the City; Four Walls and a Roof: Contemporary Architectural Theory