Despina Stratigakos

Department of Architecture


Despina Stratigakos.


Despina Stratigakos

126D Hayes Hall

(716) 645-6200



Despina Stratigakos is a historian and writer interested in the intersections of architecture and power. 

She is the author of three books that explore the intersections of power and architecture. Her most recent book, Where Are the Women Architects? (2016), confronts the challenges women face in the architectural profession. Hitler at Home (2015) investigates the architectural and ideological construction of the Führer’s domesticity. 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 Prize. Stratigakos has served as a Director of the Society of Architectural Historians, an Advisor of the International Archive of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech, a Trustee of the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Gender Institute at the University at Buffalo. She also participated on Buffalo’s municipal task force 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. She received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College and taught at Harvard University and the University of Michigan before joining the Department of Architecture at the University at Buffalo, where she serves as Interim Chair. During the 2016-17 academic year, she will be in residence as a member of the Institute for Advance Study in Princeton.