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- M.Arch., Harvard University Graduate School of Design
- B.Arch., Rice University
- B.A., Rice University
Etien Santiago is a licensed architect and architectural historian who investigates the impact of new technologies on architecture and society. He specializes in architectural history and theory from the nineteenth century to the present, architectural uses of cutting-edge structural and construction techniques, and theoretical debates about machine or digital culture. Etien holds 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, being completed at Harvard, uncovers how the cultural and intellectual context of World War I shaped architects’ appropriation of pioneering military construction techniques, from which they sought to create new forms of affordable housing. Previously he has worked at architecture firms such as the Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Etien teaches architectural studio, architectural history, and structures classes in the J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program based in Columbus, Indiana.
Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Art, Architecture + Design
J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program, Columbus
First-semester M.Arch. studio, Architectural Structures 1 and 2
Part-Time Instructor, City College
Architecture Dept., San Francisco
Advanced architecture studio, Arch 103
Section Instructor, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Architecture Dept., Landscape Dept., and Harvard College, Cambridge
Sections in architectural history, landscape history, and urbanism
Architectural Designer, Iu + Bibliowicz Architects, New York City
Carnegie Hall Renovation Project, New York City, 2011–2013
Architectural Designer, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Genoa, Italy
Kimbell Art Museum Addition, Fort Worth, 2008–2009
Gardner Museum, Boston, and Tjuvholmen, Oslo, Norway, 2006–2007
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
Visionary Project in Architecture Award, Rice School of Architecture, 2008
American Institute of Architects School Medal, 2006
Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, Rice University, 2006
Chillman Prize for Portfolio Design, Rice School of Architecture, 2006
Peck Prize in Architecture, Rice School of Architecture, 2003
Exhibit Columbus University Design Research Fellowship, 2018
Krupp Foundation Fellowship, De Gunzberg Center for European Studies, 2017
Dissertation Grant, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, 2017
Harvard Graduate Student Council Summer Research Grant, 2017
Collection Research Grant, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 2015
Jens Aubrey Westengard Traveling Scholarship, Harvard University, 2014
Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Traveling Fellowship, Rice School of Architecture, 2006
"Intersective Laminates.” In A.D. (Architectural Design) 82, no. 2, Material Computation: Higher Integration in Morphogenetic Design, guest edited by Achim Menges (March/April 2012).
“Intersective Laminates.” In Achim Menges, “A Novel Synthesis of Computational Form Generation and Materialisation,” Mimarlıkta Malzeme, Journal of Materials in Architecture (2011).
Three States of Hors d’Oeuvres.” In GSD Platform 4, edited by Eric Howeler, 150-1. Barcelona: Actar, 2011.
“Intermodal Station.” In Working 06 –08, edited by Jessica Young. Houston: Rice School of Architecture, 2009.
“Genetic Research Center.” In Working 04: Design & Research 2004-05, edited by Jessica Young. Houston: Rice School of Architecture, 2005.
“Lantern of Death, Color of War, Kit of Parts: Notre-Dame du Raincy and the Great War.” (Paper accepted for publication in a major peer-reviewed journal.)
Bricolage de pointe: constructions expérimentales dans un contexte étranger pendant la Grande Guerre.” In Troisième Congrès Francophone de l’Histoire de la Construction. Forthcoming, 2019.
“The Rough Concrete Surfaces of Perret’s Notre-Dame du Raincy.” In Still Life, edited by Jennifer Bonner. New York: Actar, 2016.
“Super-Urban House.” In The Building, edited by José Aragüez. Lars Müller Publishers. Zurich: Lars Müller, 2016.
Apeira, a journal of architectural theory edited by Etien Santiago (2012).
“Minimum Structure: Musmeci and the Semiotics of Statics.” In GSD Platform 4, edited by Eric Howeler, 160-3. Barcelona: Actar, 2011.
“Review: Colonialism in Question by Frederick Cooper,” Manifold 4 (2010): 21-35.
“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 1 (2014): 73-8.
“Interview with Peter Trummer: On Typology and Population Thinking.” Manifold 4 (2010): 44-55.
“Point of Convergence,” at the German Center for Research and Innovation, Consulate General of Germany, November 2011, New York City. An architectural competition project for “Designing from the Inside Out: Envisioning an Academic Interchange in Bremen.”
“Houston Museum of Natural Science,” 2008 End of Year Exhibition, Rice School of Architecture, Houston, USA.
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.
“Auguste and Gustave Perret, Maison en série, 1917.” From Building to Continent: How Architecture Makes Territories conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, June 29, 2018.
“The Politics of House Tectonics: La Cité reconstituée and the Militarization of France during the Great War.” Doctoral Workshop at the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), ETH, Zurich, June 1, 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.
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.
“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.
Moderator for The Building conference, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, New York City, November 15, 2014.
“How to Talk about Architecture.” Paid presentation for training Harvard Art Museum docents, Cambridge, October 23, 2014.
“The Super-Urban House.” The Building conference, Architectural Association, London, U.K., June 2, 2014.
“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.
Rice School of Architecture in Paris, 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
Indiana University, M.Arch. core coordinator, 2018–present
Indiana University, architecture faculty search committees, 2018–present
Member of the Society of Architectural Historians
Member of the Association francophone d’histoire de la construction
Affiliate, Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (2017–2018)