Lavin is an internationally known critic, historian, and curator whose work explores the limits of architecture across a wide spectrum of historical periods. Her most recent books include Kissing Architecture, published by Princeton University Press in 2011 and The Flash in the Pan and Other Forms of Architectural Contemporaneity, published by the Architectural Association in 2014. As the curator of “Everything Loose Will Land,” she conceptualized a large-scale exhibition that focused on the intersections between art and architecture in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Her exhibition, “Creative Spaces,” explored the relationship between architecture and the radical redefinitions of creativity that have taken place since the advent of computing. She has served as the director of the Critical Studies and M.A./Ph.D. programs at AUD, following her role as chairperson from 1996 to 2006, and directed The Curatorial Project, a collaborative design and research group that supports the critical engagement with experimental architecture in the public realm. Lavin has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Columbia and numerous other institutions and has been recognized by many grants and awards, most recently from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Getty Research Institute, and the Graham Foundation.



Ph.D., Columbia
M.A., Columbia
B.A., Barnard


2012 Graham Foundation

2011 Arts and Letters Award

2004-05 Getty Center

Kress Foundation

Social Science Research Council