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Despina Stratigakos, VS affiliated faculty, awarded Milka Bliznakov Prize

June 11, 2009  by: Dom

From the UB News Service:

More Praise For UB Historian’s Study Of Forgotten Berlin Metropolis Created By Women

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) by University at Buffalo architectural historian Despina Stratigakos, has been awarded the $1,000 Milka Bliznakov Prize by the International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA) Center, in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

The prize is awarded to scholarly or creative work that furthers the knowledge of women in architecture and the related design fields. Stratigakos’ scholarship and activism focus on issues of diversity in architecture and in this book she explores a largely forgotten metropolis created by and for women.

Last year, Stratigakos, an assistant professor of architecture in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, and assistant professor of Visual Studies in the UB College of Arts and Sciences, received a $7,500 production and presentation grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts to prepare the book for publication.

She has published on the public image of women architects, the gender politics of the German Werkbund (an important design reform association), connections between architectural and sexual discourses in Weimar Germany, and exiled Jewish women architects in the United States.

Eve Blau, adjunct professor of architectural history and director of the Master of Architecture Degree Programs in the Department of Architecture, Harvard School of Design, calls A Women’s Berlin “a fascinating journey into a largely forgotten city at the heart of early 20th century metropolitan Berlin. Both imaginary and physical,” she says, it was “a space of agency in which women architects, designers, and patrons shaped not only a network of new institutions in the city, but also a modern female subjectivity and urban identity for themselves as public citizens.”

For additional information on the book, go to

Note: a “cover story”  interview with Dr. Stratigakos is available here.
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