Despina Stratigakos is an architectural historian with an overarching interest in gender and modernity in European cities.
She is the author of A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City, a history of a forgotten metropolis and winner of the German Studies Association DAAD Book Prize and the Milka Bliznakov Prize. Stratigakos has also published widely on issues of diversity in architecture and in 2007 curated an exhibition on Architect Barbie at the University of Michigan to focus attention on gendered stereotypes within the architectural profession. In 2011, she collaborated with Mattel on the development and launch of the doll in the Barbie I Can Be series. Her current book project, Hitler at Home, investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity. This research has been funded by fellowships from the Graham Foundation, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, Gerda Henkel Foundation, Wolfsonian Museum, and Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. Stratigakos has served as a Director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an Advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture, and an Advisor of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. She also served on Buffalo’s municipal taskforce for Diversity in Architecture and was a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy, an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to encourage design literacy and academic excellence.Stratigakos received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the faculty of the University at Buffalo’s Department of Architecture. In addition, she currently serves as the Deputy Director of the University at Buffalo's Gender Institute.