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Cristóbal Amunátegui

Assistant Professor

Cristóbal Amunátegui specializes in the history of early modern and modern European architecture. His recent research investigates architecture’s intersections with art, trade, and technology in nineteenth-century France, focusing on emerging modalities of patronage and representation during France's transition from the Second Empire to the Third Republic. Other research and teaching interests include the early modern history of techniques, modernism and its twentieth-century corollaries in architecture, and the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century historiography across disciplines. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the relationship between buildings, crowds, and speculation in 1860s-80s France.

Amunátegui’s essays and book reviews have appeared in AA Files, Faktur, and Critical Inquiry among others. His past editorial work includes the journal Potlatch (Columbia GSAPP), and a membership on the editorial board of the architecture quarterly ARQ (Santiago, Chile). He has previously taught at Columbia University and the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. In 2011 Amunátegui co-founded the office Amunátegui Valdés, which comprises the architectural work he and Alejandro Valdes have developed since 2004.

Related topics
Critical Studies
Related Links
  • Amunátegui Valdés Architects
  • Education
    Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory (Dist), Princeton University School of Architecture
    MS.ADD, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
    B.Arch., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
    Highlights
    2021 Review of Design Technics: Archaeologies of Architectural Practice (Minneapolis: The University of Minnesota Press, 2020), by Zeynep Çelik Alexander and John May, Critical Inquiry (October 2021)
    2020 “Compendium: On a Way of Articulating Realities,” exhibition at LIGA, Mexico City, October 2020
    2019 “Modernism’s longue durée,” lecture given at Summer Academy in Rome, Virginia Tech & Architecture Exchange
    2018 “The Société anonyme de l’Hippodrome,” lecture given at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design
    2017 “Unnatural Histories,” workshop taught at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna
    2017 World of Fragments (Santiago: Ediciones ARQ)
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