Diane Ghirardo received her MA & PhD in History and Humanities from Stanford University in 1983. She has taught and lectured widely in North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. She has been visiting professor at the University of Sydney, Australia; the University of Cape Town, South Africa; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Rice University, Houston, Texas; Politecnico of Turin, Italy, and currently is Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, where she teaches and researches 20th century architecture, Renaissance architecture, women’s spaces, and 20th century Italian architecture.
Ghirardo’s books include Building New Communities. New Deal America and Fascist Italy (1989); Out of Site: A Social Criticism of Architecture (1992); Mark Mack (1994); Architecture After Modernism (1996), translated into multiple languages and editions; Dopo il Sogno. Architettura e città nell’America di oggi (2008); Aldo Rossi. Drawings (with Germano Celant, 2008); Le duchesse, le buffale e l’imprenditoria femminile nella Ferrara Rinascimentale (2009); Italy. Modern Architectures in History (2013); La topografia della prostituzione nella Ferrara rinascimentale (2013). She also translated Aldo Rossi’s Architecture of the City (1982) and numerous articles by him into English.
Former President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA, 1993-6), she is also an ACSA Distinguished Professor (1998), a Guggenheim Fellow (2002), National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellow (2001), Fulbright Scholar (1976, 2001), and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (1988).
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