Stratigakos named UB's interim vice provost for inclusive excellence

Published February 5, 2018

Profile photo of Despina Stratigakos.

Despina Stratigakos, professor in the School of Architecture and Planning, has been named interim vice provost for inclusive excellence for the University at Buffalo. 

Stratigakos succeeds Teresa Miller, who recently joined SUNY as vice chancellor for strategic initiatives and chief of staff to Chancellor Kristina Johnson.

A search for Miller’s permanent replacement is expected to launch soon, and a new vice provost is expected to be on board by July 1, says Provost Charles F. Zukoski, who appointed Stratigakos to the position.

An internationally recognized architectural historian, Stratigakos is a prolific scholar on issues of diversity in architecture. Her books explore the intersections of power and architecture. “Where Are the Women Architects?” (2016) confronts the challenges women face in the architectural profession. The widely acclaimed “Hitler at Home” (2015) investigates how Nazi designers and publicists reinvented the dictator through his domestic spaces, polishing his image in Germany and abroad. “A Women’s Berlin: Building the Modern City” (2008), which traces the history of a forgotten female metropolis, won the German Studies Association DAAD Book Prize and the Milka Bliznakov Research Prize from the International Archive of Women in Architecture. 

Stratigakos is the recipient of many prestigious fellowships and awards, including membership in the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and the Marie Curie Fellowship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Her administrative experience includes serving as interim chair of the Department of Architecture and deputy director of the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender. She was a founding member of the Architecture and Design Academy, an initiative of the Buffalo Public Schools to encourage students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds to pursue degrees in architecture.