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Dr. Daniela Ortiz dos Santos

— Scientific Coordination

Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Kunstgeschichtliches Institut

Daniela Ortiz dos Santos is an architect and architectural historian whose work is at the crossroads of the cultural studies of art, literature, architecture and the city and the history of the transatlantic world. She studied Architecture and Urbanism in Buenos Aires (UBA) and in Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and received her PhD in History and Theory of Architecture from the ETH Zurich. She was a PhD Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal (2012), a Fellow at the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris (2005-2006) and co-curated with Samia Henni, Jacqueline Maurer and Andreas Kalpakci the exhibitions „gta Films“ at the gta Exhibitions of the ETH Zurich (2017) [exhibition catalogue here] and „Moving Constructions“ at the Garagem Sul in Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon (2019) . She has taught in Architectural Schools in Rio de Janeiro and Zurich and is currently an assistant professor at the Art History Institute of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. Since April 2018, Daniela Ortiz dos Santos has served as a scientific coordinator of the Centre for Critical Studies in Architecture.

Her research and teaching activities have focused on understanding and questioning twentieth-century architecture and its historiography, transatlantic displacements and the multifaceted narratives in which modern architects and architectural historians interpreted the past and their present times. She has also been interested in examining how ideas and people that have shaped the domain of architecture circulated within and between Europe and the Americas.

Her recent publications include:  „Blaise Cendrars et Le Corbusier: villes et voyages utiles“ (2018), in Komodo21 Blaise Cendrars en Correspondance, n.9 available online at <>

Her forthcoming publications include: „Rewriting Landscapes of the Honorable Cannibal: Le Corbusier and Modern Visions of the World to Come“, in Kirsten Kramer, Marius Littschwager and Julian Gaertner (eds.), Traveling, Narrating, Comparing. Travel Narratives of the Americas from the 18th to the 20th Century. Goettingen: at Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht- Unipress and Bonn University Press, 2020; “Invisibles Files in Visible Collections: Notes on Max Cetto’s Papers”, in CRITIQUE D’ART Nr. 54 (Spring 2020) and „Bauhaus Architecture: Reception, Migration and Critique“ (2019), proceedings of the CCSA Bauhaus Lecture Series, co-edited with Carsten Ruhl and Oliver Elser.

Curriculum Vitae