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- Ph.D. in Architecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2021
- M.Arch., with distinction, Harvard University, Cambridge, 2011
- B.Arch., Rice University, Houston, 2008
- B.A. in Architecture, cum laude, Rice University, Houston, 2006
Etien Santiago is a licensed architect and architectural historian who studies the links between technology, architecture, and society. He specializes in architectural history and theory from the late nineteenth century to the present, architects’ explorations of materials and construction methods, as well as theoretical debates about technological change. Etien holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University, an M.Arch. with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, as well as a B.Arch. and B.A. cum laude from Rice University. His Ph.D. dissertation uncovers how World War I ignited and shaped modern architects’ obsessive search for mass-produced housing based on advanced construction techniques. Previously, he worked at architectural firms such as the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Etien teaches architectural studio, architectural history, and structures courses in the J. Irwin Miller Architecture program based in Columbus, Indiana.
Licensed architect in the State of New York, 2015–present
Indiana University, Bloomington
Assistant Professor (tenure track), Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Journals
“Notre-Dame du Raincy and the Great War.” Journal of the Society of Architecture Historians 78, no. 4 (December 2019): 454-71.
Peer-Reviewed Chapters in Books
“Politics of House Tectonics: La Cité reconstituée and the Militarization of Great War France.” In States of Emergency: Architecture and Urbanism During the First World War, edited by Erin Sassin and Sophie Hochhäusl. Leuven: Leuven University Press. Forthcoming, 2021.
“Bricolage de pointe : constructions expérimentales dans un contexte étranger pendant la Grande Guerre.” In Construire ! Entre Antiquité et époque moderne. Paris: Éditions Picard, 2019.
“On Steven Baker’s A Well-Lit Room.” The Columbus Area Arts Council’s online “Art in Context” webpage. March 18, 2021.
“Egoistic Doctoral Research Has Left The Building.” AA Conversations, July 31, 2014.
“The Overlooked Interruption: On the new Maki and Associates Astor Place Building.” Very Vary Veri, no. 1 (2014): 73-8.
“Interview with Peter Trummer: On Typology and Population Thinking.” Manifold, no. 4 (2010): 44-55.
Founders' Award, Society of Architectural Historians, 2021
Distinction in Teaching Award, Derek Bok Center for Teaching, 2016
James Templeton Kelley Thesis Prize, GSD & Boston Society of Architects, 2011
Finalist in the “Shift Boston” Barge Design Competition, 2011
American Institute of Architects School Medal, 2006
Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, Rice University, 2006
Tau Sigma Delta Honorary Society, Rice School of Architecture, 2006
Chillman Prize for Portfolio Design, Rice School of Architecture, 2006
Exhibit Columbus University Design Research Fellowship ($10K), 2018
Krupp Foundation Fellowship, De Gunzberg Center for European Studies ($28K), 2017
Mid-Dissertation Grant, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs ($3.5K), 2017
Collection Research Grant, Canadian Centre for Architecture ($1.5K), 2015
Ostrom Grant, Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences ($8K), 2019
Harvard Graduate Student Council Summer Research Grant ($1K), 2017
Harvard Graduate School of Design Ph.D. Conference Travel Funding ($0.5K), 2017
“Serial Concrete Houses, from the U.S. to France via World War I.” 7th Biennale Conference of the Construction History Society of America, 2020 [postponed until 2022 due to Covid-19].
“American Serial Concrete Houses in France after the Great War.” 74th Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, online, April 18, 2021.
“Auguste and Gustave Perret, Maison en série, 1917.” From Building to Continent: How Architecture Makes Territories conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, June 29, 2018.
“Des bâtiments américains en France à la fin de la Grande Guerre.” 3eme Congrès Francophone d’Histoire de la Construction, Nantes, France, June 24, 2017.
“Sergio Musmeci: Building on Contradictions.” Architecture + Philosophy conference, Boston University, Boston, April 8, 2011.
“Philosophy, Utopia, and Climate Change.” Climate: Sciences and Humanities conference at Harvard University, Cambridge, March 4, 2010.
“Great Architecture, Great Problems: Maki at Astor Place.” Guest talk for Arch 3314.006 Contemporary Issues, online seminar, taught by Dr. José Aragüez, at the College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, February 23, 2021.
“Concrete and Memory after World War I.” Conversations around Materials for Interaction symposium, Indiana University, Bloomington, March 7, 2020.
“The Politics of House Tectonics: La Cité reconstituée and the Militarization of France during the Great War.” Europe and its Limits, Doctoral Workshop at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH, Zurich, June 1, 2018.
“The Ruined Surfaces of Le Raincy: Auguste Perret, Béton Nu, and the Great War.” Bound & Unbound: The Sites of Utopia, Cambridge Talks X conference, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, April 14, 2016.
“Material Concerns.” Paper presented at the annual Canadian Centre for Architecture PhD student workshop, Montreal, Canada, July 15, 2015.
“How to Talk About Architecture.” Paid presentation for training Harvard Art Museum docents. Cambridge, October 23, 2014.
“The Writing Inside the Halls: A Brief History of GSD Student Journals.” Presentation at the Harvard Club of New York City, July 15, 2014.
“The Super-Urban House.” The Building colloquium, Architectural Association, London, U.K., June 2, 2014.
“Hors d’Oeuvre.” Public talk presented at the Petit-Déjeuner des Sciences hosted by Swissnex, the Swiss Consulate of Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 29, 2011.
Moderator for the panel “Transformative Business Models” at the conference Applications + Implications: 3D Printing + Design, Indiana University J. Irwin Miller M.Arch. Program, October 20, 2018.
Moderator for the panel “Toward a Visual Identity for the European Union” at the 2017 European Conference, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, March 4, 2017.
Moderator for The Building colloquium, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York City, November 15, 2014.
Graduate-level architecture studios at Indiana University
- Architectural Studio 6 — Spring 2021
- Architectural Studio 2 — Spring 2020
- Architectural Studio 1 — Fall 2018
Graduate-level lecture and seminar courses at Indiana University
- Architecture and Ideas in Time — Fall 2019 and 2020
- Structures 1 — Fall 2018, 2019, and 2020
- Structures 2 — Spring 2019
Undergraduate-level architecture studio at City College of San Francisco (adjunct)
- Architecture Studio 3 — Spring 2017
Teaching Assistantships at the Harvard Graduate school of Design
- Buildings, Texts, and Contexts 2 — Spring 2016
- Designing the American City — Spring 2016
- Buildings, Texts, and Contexts 3 — Fall 2015
- Histories of Landscape Architecture 1 — Fall 2015
Iu + Bibliowicz Architects, New York City
Carnegie Hall Renovation Project, New York City, 2011 - 2013
Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa, Italy Architectural Designer
Kimbell Art Museum Addition, Fort Worth, 2008 - 2009
Gardner Museum, Boston, and Tjuvholmen, Oslo, Norway, 2006 - 2007
Indiana University, M.Arch. curriculum committee 2019–present
Indiana University, M.Arch. core coordinator 2018–present
Indiana University, M.Arch. admissions committee 2018–present
Indiana University, architecture faculty search committees 2018–present
Indiana University, AIA Student Group Faculty Advisor 2018–present
Indiana University, Architectural Graduate Student Association Faculty Advisor 2018–present
Indiana University, work toward M.Arch. accreditation by NAAB 2018–present
Indiana University, Strategic Planning graduate education committee 2018–2019
University of Tennessee Knoxville, College of Architecture + Design, 2020
Texas A&M University, College of Architecture, 2020
Indiana University, J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, Columbus, 2018–present
Rice School of Architecture in Paris, France, 2018
UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design, Berkeley, 2016
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, 2016
Dartmouth College, Hanover, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, 2011–2016
NCARB Certificate, No. 98576, 2020–present
Member of the Construction History Societ of America, 2020–present
Member of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2017–present
Member of the Association francophone d’histoire de la construction, 2017–present
Affiliate, Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 2017–2018