Lucia Allais

Assistant Professor, History and Theory of Architecture

Princeton University

Lucia Allais is an architectural historian and theorist whose work addresses the relations of architecture, preservation, politics and technology in the modern period, with a special focus on international institutions and global practices in the 20th century. 

Her current book project is a history of monument survival and international bureaucracy in the 20th Century, tentatively titled Designs of Destruction. This work traces how monuments were protected from destruction—from the League of Nations in the 1930s, through the Allied Air Forces in World War II, and the 1972 World Heritage Convention—probing how building materiality and international ideologies combined to make monuments into privileged objects of cooperation on the world stage.

She has published a number of articles on related themes, including: “The Design of the Desert" (Governing by Design, Pittsburg 2012) on patterns of monument movement in the Nubian desert, “Integrities” (Grey Room 50) on the salvage of Abu Simbel, “Formless Keepers,” (Formless Finder, Lars Mueller 2013) on decay as a methodology, “International Style Heritage” (Volume 27) on post-conflict cultural reconstruction, and a translation and commentary Superstudio’s “Salvages of Italian City Centers” (Log 22)