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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 an architectural historian, whose work is at the crossroads of the cultural studies of art, literature and architecture. 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 awarded funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) and from the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) to investigate in her doctoral dissertation the several dimensions of travel in architectural modernity, with a particular focus on Le Corbusier’s voyages immobiles to the Americas in the twenties.

Daniela is the author of Invisible Files in Visible Institutions: Notes on Max Cetto’s Papers (CRITIQUE D’ART, 2020), Blaise Cendrars et Le Corbusier: villes et voyages utiles (KOMODO21, 2018), co-author of the book chapter Fazer por cronologias: Por uma historia escrita nos corpos (EDUFBA, 2019).

She conceived with Carsten Ruhl, Oliver Elser and Christiane Salge the CCSA Bauhaus Lectures at the DAM in Frankfurt am Main, 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“ [audio recording here] at the Garagem Sul in Centro Cultural de Belem in Lisbon (2019).  The results of the gta Films project appeared in the 3rd volume of the journal gta Papers by the gta Verlag (2019).

She was principal investigator of the project Calles del Sur supported by the City on the Move Institute, which resulted in the contribution for the publication Ganar la Calle! Compartir sin dividir (2009).

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 work has also appeared in international conference proceedings organized by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), the European Architectural History Network (EAHN), the Documentation and Conservation of the buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement (DOCOMOMO), the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH, forthcoming) and the Iberian-American Network of Urban History.

Daniela 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 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.

Her forthcoming publications include:

“Rewriting Landscapes of the Honorable Cannibal: Le Corbusier and Modern Visions of the World to Come” (2020), 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, 2020

Bauhaus Clouds (2020), proceedings of the CCSA Bauhaus Lecture Series, co-edited with Carsten Ruhl and Oliver Elser, Weimar: MBOOKS, 2020.

Curriculum Vitae


Selection of Teaching Activities

What Kind of Cities do We Want to Live In? – Webinar/Winter Winter Semester 2020-2021

The Meaning of Architecture Today – Propaedeutic Course/Winter Semester 2020-2021, with Carsten Ruhl

History and Theory in Architectural Periodicals – Master’s Seminar/Summer Semester 2020

Critical Agendas for Architecture: Feminism and Modern Architecture– Bachelor’s Seminar/Summer Semester 2020

Displacement and the Making of Modern Architecture – Seminar & Colloquium/Winter Semester 2019-2020

Architectural History in Exile. Transatlantic Displacements (1914-1975) – Master’s Seminar/Summer Semester 2018