Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez is an architecture historian. Her research focuses on the role that concrete and other architectural materials played in processes of colonization. She received her doctor of philosophy in architecture history and theory from Columbia University where she also received her master of architecture. She received her master of arts in architecture from University of California, Berkeley. Prior to teaching at Cornell, Martinez taught at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Barnard College, and at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She has practiced architecture in San Francisco, Manila, and New York. 

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3819/5819 Special Topics in HAUD: Modernity and Materiality

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Nomination, Bancroft Dissertation Award, Columbia University (2016)
  • Citation, Carter Manny Dissertation Writing Prize (2014)
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Course Development Grant, Global Architectural History and Theory Collaborative (2014)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "The Corporate Sublime: U.S. Colonial Architecture in the Philippines," The New School, New York, "Design/History/Revolution" (April 27-28)
  • "Prison, Nation, State: American Penal Experiments in the Philippines 1898–1945," Modern Language Association Annual Conference, special topics panel: "Prison Architecture" (January 2013)
  • "Stability: The Floating Raft Foundation and Environmental Economics in Chicago and Manila," Buell Dissertation Colloquium (May 8, 2015)