Diana Martinez

Diana Martinez is an architectural 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 City. 

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3819/5819 Special Topics in HAUD: Modernity and MaterialityThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of History of Architecture and Urbanism. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

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)